04.07.09 - Engineers have successfully ejected the dust cover from NASA's Kepler telescope, a spaceborne mission soon to begin searching for worlds like Earth.
04.06.09 - All of the technical and programmatic reviews leading to the release of the dust cover from Kepler are now successfully completed.
04.07.09 - The dust cover on NASA's Kepler spacecraft is scheduled to be ejected tonight, no earlier than 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, with a backup opportunity tomorrow evening.
04.06.09 - Flight controllers have transitioned Kepler out of its low-activity safe mode and have powered on its main instrument, the photometer.
04.02.09 - A collection of NASA missions will be involved in a live event Friday, April 3, that will allow the public to get an inside look at how these missions are run.
04.02.09 - Flight controllers have transitioned Kepler out of its low-activity safe mode and have powered on its main instrument, the photometer.
03.30.09 - Engineers have determined the cause of Kepler's entry into limited safe mode last week, and are preparing to return the spacecraft to normal operations.
03.26.09 - Scientists have analyzed "dark" calibration data taken by Kepler with its dust cover on, and have concluded that the telescope's focal-plane array, the area where light is focused, is behaving as expected.
03.21.09 - Kepler is now 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles) from Earth.
03.18.09 - Engineers are continuing the process of calibrating Kepler's photometer in the dark, with its dust cover on.
03.16.09 - Kepler is now more than 1 million kilometers (620,000 miles) from Earth, drifting away at the rate of about 1 kilometer per second.
03.12.09 - Kepler's science instrument, called a photometer, was powered on by flight controllers and will be calibrated over the next several weeks.
03.11.09 - After Kepler vaulted into the heavens on a column of thunder Friday March 6, it quickly sent its first communications to Earth via NASA's Deep Space Network.
03.07.09 - NASA's Kepler mission successfully launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II at 10:49 p.m. EST, Friday.
03.05.09 - Here are some quick facts about the Kepler mission, scheduled to launch March 6, 2009.
03.05.09 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Kepler mission to seek other Earth-like planets is undergoing final preparations for liftoff Friday, March 6, from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft launch aboard a Delta II rocket has two windows of opportunity Friday, from 10:49 to 10:52 p.m. and 11:13 to 11:16 p.m. EST.
03.04.09 - MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., -- News media and the public are invited to observe the live televised broadcast of the countdown and launch of the Kepler mission on Friday, March 6, 2009 in the Exploration Center at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
03.03.09 - William Borucki has been working on the ideas behind the Kepler mission for over two decades.
02.26.09 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Launch of NASA's Kepler telescope is targeted for no earlier than Friday, March 6, from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There are two launch windows, from 10:49 - 10:52 p.m. and 11:13 - 11:16 p.m. EST.
02.25.09 - David Koch, the deputy principal investigator for the NASA Kepler Mission, has spent his life building things.