LithoArtKepler2-br.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Kepler
Mission type: Search for Earth-like planets
Launch date: March 2009
Launch vehicle: Delta II
Orbit: Earth-trailing heliocentric, 1 AU
Orbit period: 372.5 days
Mission duration: 3.5 years (extended to 2016)
Mission status: Active
Overview: Kepler is a NASA spacecraft equipped with a space observatory designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. The  mission is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.

Documents and Powerpoints

Kepler Discoveries
Kepler-62, Kepler-69 Systems
Kepler-11 - Images and Animations

Related MGGP Links
Life in the Universe
Drake Equation

Chandra Space Telescope
Herschel Space Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
James Webb SSpace Telescope (JWST)
Sitzer Space Telescope
Swift Gamma-Ray Observatory

Reminder: email links to visitors

NASA Links
Kepler News

Ames Links

Kepler FAQ
Kepler News
Kepler Multimedia

How Kepler Finds Planets

Wikipedia Links
Kepler spacecraft

Related Links
Star and Exoplanet Database
Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey
or TrES
List of extrasolar planets


NASA Missions

NASA Solar System


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Kepler_FOV_hiRes-full.jpgKepler field of view Star chart

MilkyWay-Kepler-cRoberts-1-full.png Kepler field of view superimposed on the night sky - Area of sky that Kepler will stare at for the duration of its mission. The full field of view occupies 100 square degrees of our Milky Way galaxy, in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra.

CompLifeZoneRGBwTxt-full.jpg Comparitive Life Zones of Stars

MOVIES ___________________

 Kepler Orbit - Kepler orbits the Sun in concert with the Earth, slowly drifting away from Earth. Throughout the lifetime of the mission, Kepler will point at just one place on the sky in the Cygnus-Lyra constellations. Four times a year, the Kepler spacecraft will make a 90 degree roll about the optical axis to keep the solar array pointed at the Sun and the radiator that cools the detectors pointed to deep space.

 Transit Graph - The results from Kepler will come from measuring the brightness of the stars. The data will look like an EKG showing the heart beat. Whenever a planet passes in front of its parent star as viewed from our solar system it produces a tiny pulse or beat.


Kepler Paper Model (rated easy)
-- Model web link for printing at home

SS-simulator.jpg Solar System Simulator - JPL

logo-eotss-main.png Eyes on the Universe - JPL

MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS




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