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NASA’s most prolific planet-hunting telescope is taking a nap

But the end is fast approaching.
kepler and k2

An illustration of the Kepler space telescope and its K2 mission.

If anything deserves a rest, it’s Kepler. In less than 10 years since it launched, the Kepler Space Telescope confirmed the existence of over 2,500 worlds beyond our own, more than any other observatory.

NASA engineers working on Kepler found that the fuel level on the

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