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Astrophysics Colloquium

Kepler Past, Present, and Future
Presented by Nick Gautier
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Thursday, August 15, 2013
4:00 P.M. in 169-336

Abstract
As is now fairly well known, the Kepler spacecraft has suffered failures of two reaction wheels in its pointing control system which prevent it from continuing with the nominal Kepler exoplanet survey. I will explain the current state of Kepler and the events that led up to the halting of survey operations. I will discuss the plans for exploring the possibility of continuing some kind of science observations with Kepler using the two remaining good reaction wheels, including the current best estimates of performance and possible observing modes.

This presentation is designed to help people get up to speed for writing a white paper in response to the recent call for science ideas for a 2-wheel Kepler mission but anyone interested in Kepler's future prospects should attend. Ample time should be available for questions and discussion.


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