Updates from Kepler Mission Manager - Roger Hunter
His Life, His Laws and Times
05.21.2013 - Following the apparent failure of reaction wheel 4, engineers were successful at transitioning the spacecraft to Point Rest State.
05.15.2013 - At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in safe mode.
05.09.2013 - During a scheduled contact, engineers discovered Kepler was in a self-protective mode. The spacecraft returned to science data collection on May 6.
04.29.2013 - The team recently completed a monthly science data download, marking the successful completion of Quarter 16 flight operations.
03.29.2013 - The spacecraft continues to operate efficiently and the science team has had a chance to examine the high rate data that was downlinked on March 6-7.
03.05.2013 - Since returning to science data collection on Jan. 27, 2013, after a 10-day precautionary wheel rest safe mode, the spacecraft has been performing well and continues to make science observations.
01.29.2013 - After a "wheel rest" safe mode that began on January 17, 2013, NASA's Kepler spacecraft returned to science data collection.
01.17.2013 - Kepler has completed two science data downloads since the last update, successfully completing Quarter 15 flight operations and beginning Quarter 16.
11.20.2012 - After discovering the spacecraft was not collecting precision data, Kepler engineers succeeded in returning the spacecraft to science data collection.
10.26.2012 - The Kepler team has completed two more science data downloads marking the successful completion of Quarter 14 flight operations.
09.14.2012 - The Kepler team completed another monthly science data download, August 29-30, completing Quarter 14 month 2 science data collection.
08.01.2012 - The Kepler team completed another monthly science data download over July 29-30, 2012.
07.24.2012 - As reported earlier, on July 14, 2012, the Kepler spacecraft experienced an anomaly in the reaction wheel assembly (RWA) of the Attitude and Determination Control Subsystem (ADCS).
07.20.12 - On July 14, 2012, the Kepler spacecraft experienced a disruption in science data collection due to a pointing error.
07.10.12 - Since the last update the team has had two science data downlinks.
05.15.2012 - April was a momentous time for the mission! The team received approval for a mission extension through fiscal year 2016.
04.01.2012 - On March 31 and April 1, team members from NASA Ames and the Kepler mission will participate in the first SpaceUp San Francisco event held at Citizen Space.
03.22.2012 - On Feb. 29, 2012, a Kepler project team contingent briefed a senior review panel and NASA Headquarters members on a proposal for extending the Kepler baseline mission. On March 7, the Kepler mission team received the 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award for Space.
02.10.12 - The Kepler team announced the discovery of 11 new planetary systems with 26 more planets and found two new circumbinary planets.
01.10.12 - The project had an exciting close to 2011. A very successful Kepler Science Conference was held at NASA Ames and attracted more than 500 people.
12.19.2011 - Kepler spacecraft experienced a processor reset. The project team detected a software reboot during regular scheduled contact.
12.01.2011 - The mission operations team just successfully completed our latest science data downlink and we are making final preparations for the Kepler Science Conference.
11.01.11 - Busy times are routine for the Kepler project team. Since my last update, we have announced several more confirmed planets -- Kepler-16b, and the Kepler 18 system (18b, 18c, and 18d).
08.11.11 - The mission operations team successfully completed the summer quarterly roll of the spacecraft over June 26-27.
06.17.11 - The health of the spacecraft and photometer, the instrument used to measure changes in the brightness of distant stars, is excellent.
05.05.11 - Another 93 Gigabytes of Data Added to the Archive
03.21.11 - Kepler Returns to Science
03.15.11 - Safe Mode Event March 15, 2011
03.08.11 - Kepler and Its First 1,235 Candidates
02.07.11 - The Kepler project team has recovered spacecraft from its Safe Mode event that occurred on Feb. 1, 2011.
02.01.11 - During the scheduled Feb. 1, 2011 contact with the Kepler spacecraft, engineers discovered Kepler was in Safe Mode, with photometer and star trackers powered off.
01.07.11 - The Kepler Project Team successfully returned the spacecraft to normal operations on Jan. 6, 2011.
12.30.10 - In response to the Dec. 22, 2010 Safe Mode event on the Kepler spacecraft, the mission team has brought in several experts and begun a detailed anomaly investigation.
12.22.10 - On Dec. 22, 2010, Kepler experienced a safe mode event.
12.14.10 - During a regularly scheduled contact with the Kepler spacecraft on Dec. 13, 2010, the project team discovered Kepler had experienced an anomaly. Kepler was found in coarse point attitude, as opposed to finepoint.
12.06.10 - The Kepler project team completed another science data download Nov. 22-23, 2010.
10.29.10 - The Kepler project team completed another science data download Oct. 23, 2010.
09.28.10 - The Kepler Project Team completed another quarterly roll of the spacecraft Sept. 22-23, 2010.
08.24.10 - The Kepler team continues with its very busy operations and data analysis activities.
07.27.10 - The TED Talk by Dimitar Sasselov
06.04.10 - May was a busy month for the Kepler Mission.
05.03.10 - Kepler project engineers successfully completed another download of science data over April 21-22, 2010.
03.10.10 - The Kepler spacecraft has been performing well since the Safe Mode event of Feb. 2, 2010.
02.08.10 - Kepler experienced a safe mode event on February 2, 2010.
01.19.10 - Kepler is continuing to collect science data.
12.23.09 - Kepler continues to monitor the Cygnus-Lyrae region of the sky for Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of other stars.
11.23.09 - Kepler experienced a safe mode event on Nov. 18, 2009.
11.05.09 - Kepler completed another science data download over October 18-19.
10.14.09 - It has now been five months since Kepler science operations began.
09.23.09 - Kepler is approximately 18 million kilometers (11 million miles) from Earth, and continuing its drift-away orbit. All systems are operating normally. Last week, the Kepler project team completed another download of science data, and, in conjunction, a quarterly roll of the spacecraft.
09.08.09 - As it nears 11,000,000 miles distance from Earth, the Kepler spacecraft continues to scan the Milky Way galaxy, near the Cygnus constellation, for Earth-sized planets.
08.21.09 - Kepler is more than 10,000,000 miles from Earth and continues in its drift away, heliocentric orbit.
07.23.09 - Kepler remains in its science attitude and Earth-trailing, helio-centric orbit.
07.07.09 - On July 4, Kepler passed a point 12,500,000 kilometers (7,767,140 miles) from Earth.
06.19.09 - Kepler is more than 10,700,000 kilometers (about 6,600,00 miles) from Earth and continues its planned drift-away orbit.
06.09.09 - Kepler is nearing 10 million kilometers from Earth, and will pass that mark on June 12.
05.29.09 - Kepler remains safe and stable in its "drift-away" heliocentric orbit.
05.14.09 - Following a successful readiness review, Kepler began its search for planets around other stars on May 12, 2009.
05.13.09 - NASA's Kepler spacecraft has begun its search for other Earth-like worlds.
05.07.09 - Kepler is now more than six million kilometers (3.7 million miles) from Earth.
05.01.09 - Kepler's calibration data collection is drawing to a close.
04.23.09 - The Kepler telescope's focus has been successfully optimized.
04.20.09 - The Kepler science team has decided that further refinement of the telescope's focus would significantly improve the mission's science return.
04.17.09 - Kepler's "first light" image taken the day after cover release is now available to the public.
04.16.09 - NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth.
04.13.09 - Up until a few days ago, NASA's Deep Space Network stations have had their Ka-band radio receivers cross polarized to the spacecraft radio transmitter.
04.08.09 - The dust cover was successfully jettisoned from the front of the telescope last evening at about 7:18 p.m. PDT.
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.