The exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope is now dead

kepler telescope dead

If you've read anything about newly discovered exoplanets over the past decade there's a really good chance the discovery was made by the Kepler space telescope. Originally launched back in early 2009, the telescope has provided a steady stream of new planets for years on end. Now, after outliving its expected lifespan several times over, the spacecraft has finally died.

In a new update, NASA reveals that the telescope has officially run out of the fuel it uses to maneuver. Without fuel, the Kepler team has decided to retire the spacecraft, though it will continue to drift along in orbit around Earth for the foreseeable future.

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