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Kepler Mission focal plane assembly

Kepler Mission focal plane assembly

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50.5 MB (1.8 MB compressed)

5157 x 3425 pixels

43.7 x 29.0 cm ⏐ 17.2 x 11.4 in (300dpi)

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NASA / BALL AEROSPACE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / BALL AEROSPACE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Kepler Mission focal plane assembly. Engineers installing the array for the telescope's focal plane. NASA's Kepler Mission is designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. A 0.95 metre diameter telescope called a photometer will scan 100,000 stars in the Milky Way for evidence of Earth-sized terrestrial planets that transit the star's path. The mission was launched on March 7th, 2009, and will orbit the Sun for at least 3.5 years. The mission is named in honour of German astronomer Johannes Kepler. Photographed at a Ball Aerospace facility.

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