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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th September 2008, 9:18 pm

From the Kepler website.
http://kepler.nasa.gov/about/news.html

The News section wrote:

  • July 2008: Complete flight segment comprehensive performance test done, as well as acoustics, vibration, and pyro-shock tests.
  • June 2008: Solar array and reaction wheel assemblies installed
  • May 2008: Photometer integrated with spacecraft bus

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 8th October 2008, 5:55 pm

According to the Kepler web site,

Spring 2009. Actual launch date is
necessarily subject to change, but (as of 2008 Oct 1) the actual launch
date was set for 2009 March 4, 10:46 pm EST.
(emphasis mine)

And by the way, after Kepler is launched, If nobody has an issue with it, I'll probably rename this thread and move it to News and Discoveries to be a sort of Kepler Results thread (in concert with the CoRoT Results).

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 11th October 2008, 4:43 pm

According to the NASA website, at http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html, the launch date is actually Apr 10.

Date: April 10
Mission: Kepler
Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Delta II
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - Launch Complex 17 - Pad 17-B

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 15th October 2008, 6:14 pm

Update from that website,

Date: March 5 *
Mission: Kepler
Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Delta II
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - Launch Complex 17 - Pad 17-B

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Post by Darkness nova on 18th October 2008, 2:29 pm

Ohh nice it got pushed somewhat forward.

I do wonder though with the economy how it is if nasa's going to be able to continue with it....((sorry if this issue isn't relevant to the forum or what not if it isn't trash that part))

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 18th October 2008, 5:08 pm

Darkness nova wrote:I do wonder though with the economy how it is if nasa's going to be able to continue with it.

I'm sure NASA will be able to go ahead with it. I don't think the economy will get that bad that fast. I would be more worried about the continued use of the spacecraft after it's launched.

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 18th December 2008, 8:04 pm

JPL Website reports that Kepler is ready to be sent over to Florida.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2008-240


Edit: On the Kepler mission page, there's a nifty countdown clock. 75 days to launch.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html


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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by marasama on 26th December 2008, 8:50 pm

Oh sweet, Kepler is looking above the ecliptic plane. I wonder how many new high inclination asteroids it will find. Even better if it find a small, high inclination planet, too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_Mission#Mission_details
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/images/kepler-field-of-view-photo.html
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/images/fov-kepler-drawing.html

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 10th January 2009, 3:24 pm

Kepler has arrived in Florida.

54 days until launch.

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 5th February 2009, 10:53 pm


28 days until launch. Anyone but me getting excited? Or having anxiety over the slight chance of a launch failure?

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by Lazarus on 7th February 2009, 6:04 pm

I really hope the rocket doesn't blow up.
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Post by marasama on 11th February 2009, 3:52 pm

It should make it.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 11th February 2009, 8:45 pm

Yeah, it should. Delta II is reliable.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 19th February 2009, 6:49 pm

14 days until launch.

The spacecraft is now on its way to the launch pad.

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by Borislav on 26th February 2009, 2:56 pm

I hope that Kepler would have to wait for the results is less than Corot.

http://www.kepler.arc.nasa.gov/pdf_files/3...2-19_smfile.pdf
The Kepler Mission begins to collect data immediately after commissioning and produces results in a progressive fashion shortly thereafter. The first results come in just a few months, when the giant inner planets with orbital periods of only a few days are detected. Objects that are in Mercury-like orbits of a few months, are detected using the data collected during the first year.
After several months of data processing and confirmation by ground-based telescopes, scientists hope to announce their first results approximately in December 2009 at NASA Headquarters during a NASA Science Update briefing about giant planets found in short-period orbits.
Approximately in December 2010, scientists expect to announce any discoveries they have made in the first year. This will be the first possible announcement of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of M-type stars, which are stars smaller and cooler than the sun. Discovery of Earth-size planets in Earth-like orbits requires nearly the full lifetime of the 3.5 year mission, although in some cases three transits are seen in just a little more than two years. Other results that require the full 3.5 years of data are: Planets as small as Mars in short period orbits, which utilizes the addition of dozens or more transits to be detectable; and the detection of giant-inner planets that do not transit the star, but do periodically modulate the apparent brightness due to reflected light from the planet.
Approximately in December 2011, scientists are expected to announce any discoveries made during the first two years of the mission. The announcement will be made at NASA Headquarters and later at the January 2012 American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting held in Seattle, Wa., as well as at NASA’s Ames Research Center. This will be the first possible announcement of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of K-type stars.
Around December 2012, scientists are expected to announce any discoveries made during the first three years of the mission. The announcement will be made at NASA Headquarters and later at the AAS meeting held in Austin, Texas, as well as at NASA’s Ames Research Center. This is the first possible announcement of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of solar-like or G stars.

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Post by Edasich on 26th February 2009, 4:03 pm

Uhm , sounds tasty Smile
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Post by Lazarus on 26th February 2009, 4:44 pm

Let's hope it doesn't go the way of the (non-)Orbiting Carbon Observatory...
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Post by Borislav on 26th February 2009, 5:19 pm

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_lau/taurus.htm
Taurus unreliable missile. Was only one successful launch before the current setback

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_lau_fam/thor.htm
Last failure Delta II - 05.05.1999. After that 60 consecutive successful launches.

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Post by Edasich on 26th February 2009, 6:09 pm

But I don't like waiting... >w<
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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 26th February 2009, 6:25 pm

7 days until launch.
Looks like they're getting ready to attach Kepler to the rocket.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th February 2009, 3:01 pm

Kepler has been delayed a day for rocket checks. Sad Apparently, there are some hardware that the Delta II and Taurus rocket have in common, and they want to ensure that what happened to the OCO doesn't happen to Kepler.
Better safe than sorry.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 5th March 2009, 7:01 pm

Launch is tomorrow... anyone planning on watching it live on NASA TV?

Edit: 5 hours remaining.


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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 7th March 2009, 12:41 am

Successful Launch of Kepler!!! Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: Kepler preparation progress

Post by TheoA on 7th March 2009, 2:47 am

Separation complete !

Space craft inserted into nominal final trajectory at 23,700 MPH.

Here's a link to a gorgeous launch picture.

Kepler Take Off! on Delta II

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Post by Lazarus on 7th March 2009, 8:06 am

Well that's good.
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