NASA’s Kepler space telescope may devastate after greatly working for nine years in cosmos, as its fuel is expected to be finished in a few months.
The telescope has been following Earth’s orbit at distant 94 million miles, facing a number of major incidents during its significant work for the discovery of 2,245 exoplanets within the life span of nine years. Due to the mechanical breakdowns, the Kepler space telescope will be blasted hitting cosmic rays.
A system engineer, Charlie Sobeck from the Kepler space telescope mission wrote on NASA’s official website that, “Our current estimates are that Kepler’s tank will run dry within several months—but we’ve been surprised by its performance before. Our current estimates are that Kepler’s tank will run dry within several months — but we’ve been surprised by its performance before.”
Though, the space telescope set to go extinct in near future, the scientists will be researching on the data it has provided to the date for next more years. However, there are thousands of exoplanets that yet need to be affirmed.
Moreover, the astronomers also informed that a replacement may arrive there in space for the telescope soon, as Training Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) that has been set to be launched on April 16 from Cape Canaveral.
“Without a gas gauge, we have been monitoring the spacecraft for warning signs of low fuel— such as a drop in the fuel tank’s pressure and changes in the performance of the thrusters”, Sobeck added, “But in the end, we only have an estimate – not precise knowledge. Taking these measurements helps us decide how long we can comfortably keep collecting scientific data.”