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NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low

14 Mar 2018, 14:00 UTC
NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low NASA

Trailing Earth’s orbit at 94 million miles away, the Kepler space telescope has survived many potential knock-outs during its nine years in flight, from mechanical failures to being blasted by cosmic rays. At this rate, the hardy spacecraft may reach its finish line in a manner we will consider a wonderful success. With nary a gas station to be found in deep space, the spacecraft is going to run out of fuel. We expect to reach that moment within several months.

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