Kepler Launch Coverage

    Artist's concept of Kepler in space The Kepler spacecraft lifted off March 6, 2009 aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Launch occurred at 10:49 p.m. EST.

    Kepler's Mission
    The centuries-old quest for other worlds like our Earth has been rejuvenated by the intense excitement and popular interest surrounding the discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other stars. The Kepler Mission is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planet and determine the fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy that might have such planets.

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Launch Coverage Team

    Live Coverage Team
    Blog Updates: Steven Siceloff
    Site Updates: Anna Heiney
    Video Uploads/Captions: Elaine Marconi
    Quality Control: Rebecca Sprague
    Photo Gallery: Elaine Marconi
    Video Production: Aly Lee
    Video Capture/Editing: Chris Chamberland,
    Michael Chambers and Gianni Woods

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