Earlier this week, NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft suffered a hardware failure; a device that allows the observatory to maintain its position in space malfunctioned. Bobby Braun, professor of space technology, discusses what went wrong and whether this is the end of the Kepler mission.
NASA’s Kepler mission has been a tremendous success. By staring intently at a portion of space, Kepler has proven the existence of a diverse treasure trove of planets around other stars. Fusing scientific curiosity, engineering creativity and cutting-edge technology, the Kepler project has pushed the boundaries of the possible, opening our eyes and minds to the depths of the universe.