The Kepler space telescope is about to "run out of oil and light"
according to scientific and technological reports, the Kepler space telescope of NASA is the world's first spacecraft dedicated to searching for earth like planets outside the solar system at this time, known as the "planet catcher". According to the British independent, Kepler has turned on sleep mode because the fuel is about to run out
in the past 10 years or so, the Kepler space telescope has scanned more than 150000 stars and continuously transmitted data back to the earth. Gao Zengcheng, who helped the Department of science and technology to usher in the shopping mall, has made many amazing and important discoveries, including the first observation of planets outside the solar system. But now that the automobile chassis beam stiffener, suspension support, engine support and other components are widely used, one of NASA's most important telescopes is forced to go into sleep to save fuel
Kepler's sleep time will last until early August, when engineers will wake it up, direct it to point the airborne antenna in the direction of the earth, and start returning data. If everything goes well, Kepler will use the remaining fuel to carry out the final observation task after completing the data transmission
nasa said that the returned data can help astronomers confirm previously discovered exoplanets and may find new planets. Therefore, the return of data should be ensured first if there is not much fuel left. NASA predicts that Kepler will run out of fuel in the coming monthsThe Kepler telescope was launched in 2009. Its initial main task was to scan a small area of the sky, and the sky survey mission lasted until 2016. However, on May 11, 2013, the telescope had a critical failure and could not accurately locate the original sky area. Since 2014, Kepler telescope has entered K2 phase (Kepler Mission 2). So far, it has found nearly 3000 confirmed celestial bodies and many potential planetary candidates
in April this year, NASA's new probe Tess, which is responsible for the task of finding extrasolar planets, has been launched and will take over from Kepler who completed the mission