News Post: T Minus 23 and Counting…

 

Preparing Kepler for launch.
Preparing Kepler for launch. Credit NASA/Jack Pfaller.

In less than 23 hours from the time of this writing, the Kepler spacecraft will launch from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral, FL, ready to take its place in orbit and begin its mission searching a patch of space for evidence of Earthlike planets.

Liftoff will take place at 10:49 PM EST on Friday, March 6.

The Kepler orbiter will monitor one area of space , containing an estimated 100,000 stars, and watch for the slight dimming of their brightness which would indicate the presence of planets passing across their planes. Its mission is scheduled to last 3 1/2 years.

More information about the groundbreaking Kepler mission here:

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Really exciting stuff.