The Kepler Space Project

Many astronomers around the world have huge excitement and enthusiasm about NASA's Kepler space mission. The spacecraft was launched on March 7, 2009 at 03:49:57 UTC. Read on to know more about the project, its objectives and it's impact on the way we see the universe.
| Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The breakthrough of many extra-solar planets, together with the declaration of a massive 30 such discoveries in a solitary day in October, was amid the most leading science chronicles of the year 2009. With the packaging hardly off the New Year and the similar can be claimed for the multi-year The Kepler Space Project is already determining to put forward that we're probable to continue totaling to our roster of planets recognized to subsist outside our solar system.

NASA's Kepler telescope, a perceptive spaceship intended to track for planets which are similar to Earth, was launched on March 7, 2009 at 03:49:57 UTC. The NASA Origins plan mission is to figure out and protect our own planet, to investigate the cosmos and seek for life, and moreover to stimulate our consequent generations of explorers.

In a progress accounted by Scientific American and National Geographic, the Kepler Space Project squad proclaimed the detection of 5 latest planets. over 400 such exo-planets are now recognized. The tempo at which we're getting to know of new planets has surely gained momentum of late with new-fangled and more refined apparatus and technologies coming on surface. Several in the space sciences are seeking for excellent and enthralling factors to approach from the Kepler Space Project in its exploration for planets analogous to ours.

Think of these preliminary explorations as a test run, a trial drive, lest you will, as these 5 are, actually, not in the slightest speck comparable to ours. Much bigger and more hot as compared to Earth, and much nearer to their relevant stars in contrast to us, these recently unearthed bodies are not entrants for probable ports of life forms. However their unearthing provides to the Kepler project, the substantiation that the space telescope is running accurately as it ought to.

Kepler finds the existence of planets by gauging the tremendously restrained reduction in illumination viewed to approach from a star as a trajectory planet crosses. These microscopic drop offs in quantifiable light are established and cross-referenced in opposition to dimensions of mobility (once more, very restrained) by the star itself. The gravitational interface between star and planet will make the star to tremble.

These 5 newly found exo-planets are all much bigger in comparison to Earth. The variation of the 5 is from 25 to above 500 times the Earth's magnitude. The larger planets, nearer to their stars, made them moderately simple for the Kepler squad to perceive the light reduction and the orbit-stimulated vibration.

However, more appealing and possibly more recognizable things are in the offing, as per the project squad members. The Kepler Space Project's central task is to discover confirmation for planets of about Earth's magnitude and mass that track their individual stars at an analogous expanse to the one amid the sun and us.

At the same time as the heat is on, but no one's abode on today's harvest of 5 new Kepler discoveries, Kepler is at the premature phases of a mission that will most definitely append to our body of knowledge about the probability of life in another place in the space.

Kepler Mission Objectives

According to NASA, the primary objectives to be sought from the Kepler mission are:

  1. Discover how many terrestrial and larger planets exist in our universe and find out whether there are in the habitable zone of stars.
  2. Determine the orbit trajectory of these planets.
  3. Find out the estimate on how many planets are there in the star system.
  4. Find out various orbit trajectories and determine planet sizes, their mass and densities, reflectivities, etc.
  5. Identify other bodies that exist in the ascertained planetary systems.
  6. Study and determine the various propeties of those stars that haven the planetary bodies.

Kepler's Discoveries

To date Kepler has discovered these planets - Kepler 4b, Kepler 5b, Kepler 6b, Kepler 7b and Kepler 8b.