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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:24 AM

Kepler Suffers Malfunction


www.nasa.gov said:

Kepler Mission Manager Update

At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in safe mode. As was the case earlier this month, this was a Thruster-Controlled Safe Mode. The root cause is not yet known, however the proximate cause appears to be an attitude error. The spacecraft was oriented with the solar panels facing the sun, slowly spinning about the sun-line. The communication link comes and goes as the spacecraft spins.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:05 PM

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Nasa's Kepler telescope failure is not the end of searching for another Earth

Even if Nasa's Kepler space telescope is coming to the end of its mission, the search for other Earths will continue

Source: The Guardian

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:37 PM

nooooooooooooooooooooooo


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:26 PM

Next the conspiracies will start, they saw Nibiru blah,blah,blah.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

"they saw Nibiru," my day is made hahahh


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Bummer

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:18 AM

I think big brother's older brother didn't like him looking into his bedroom window from a million miles away. Sent a microwave and fried his toy telescope!


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:48 AM

coolest tech but lamest excuse guys surely u can do better than this


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:11 PM

My name is on that craft with my kids as well can't wait for it to come down so I can visit it in the smithzonion and see our names;)


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:21 AM

I have no idea of the altitudinal orbit of the telescope, but it's a shame that we are still not flying the Space Shuttle if it is within reach, after all they managed to repair the Hubble.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:48 AM

View PostSundew, on 20 May 2013 - 12:21 AM, said:

I have no idea of the altitudinal orbit of the telescope, but it's a shame that we are still not flying the Space Shuttle if it is within reach, after all they managed to repair the Hubble.

It's not in Earth orbit, it's in a 372.5 day "Earth trailing," solar orbit, so it would have been well out of reach of the shuttles.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:00 AM

Ah this really made me feel sad. They better fix it!


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:30 PM

The same mystery force which gives the Earth's flyby 'equatorial extra acceleration anomaly' could also be responsible for the extra frictional effects on the wheels. Worth considering for such a potential loss. Fantastic work and congratulations NASA and the team for a job well done. Finger's crossed for a full recovery.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 08:38 PM

View PostRingFenceTheCity, on 28 May 2013 - 12:30 PM, said:

The same mystery force which gives the Earth's flyby 'equatorial extra acceleration anomaly' could also be responsible for the extra frictional effects on the wheels. Worth considering for such a potential loss. Fantastic work and congratulations NASA and the team for a job well done. Finger's crossed for a full recovery.
Why would it be worth considering a "mystery force" when wear and tear on moving parts which have been in service for over 4 years whilst designed for only 3.5 years is a much more likely answer?

NASA's (who prefer to use data, logic and science rather than guess work and pure fantasy to come to their conclusions) have concluded that "there has been an internal failure within the reaction wheel, likely a structural failure of the wheel bearing."

No need to go off into the realms of fantasy for this one.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:04 PM

The Greys realized we were just about to discover their home world and shut it down.
NASA has the transmissions but wont release them.






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