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NASA KEPLER SPACECRAFT ARRIVES IN FLORIDA FOR LAUNCH PROCESSING Print
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Wednesday, 21 January 2009 21:03

The Kepler spacecraft arrived by truck at the Astrotech payload processing facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Jan. 6. It was offloaded and taken to a high bay clean room. The following day it was rotated to a vertical position, placed on a test stand and uncovered. A light sensor test was performed on Jan. 12 and was followed by a solar array illumination test and thruster check the next day.

Kepler is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and estimate how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.

Kepler is targeted to launch on March 5 aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral.

 

 

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