Kepler Spacecraft Sets Sights on Earth-like Planets
Technicians working inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Center look over the Kepler spacecraft soon after it arrived in Florida in preparation for launch. [Read the Full Story]
How the Planet-Finding Kepler Space Telescope Works
The mission of the Kepler Space Telescope is to identify and characterize Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of nearby stars. [See how NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft works in this Space.com infographic] [Read the Full Story]
Kepler Field of View Star Chart
This star chart illustrates the large patch of sky that NASA's Kepler mission will stare at for the duration of its three-and-a-half-year lifetime. The planet hunter's full field of view occupies 100 square degrees of our Milky Way galaxy, in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. [Read the Full Story]
Kepler Space Telescope's Exoplanet Bonanza Explained (Infographic)
A powerful new technique for hunting alien planets yields a major new crop of new worlds. [See how Kepler made the planet discoveries in this Space.com infographic] [Read the Full Story]
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