It was responsible for the first survey of planets in the Milky Way
The Kepler telescope, which in nine years found more than 2600 planets beyond the Solar System, is no longer operational, NASA informed on Tuesday. The inactivity came because it ran out of fuel in a "safe, orbit" away from Earth.
"As NASA's first planet-hunting mission, Kepler exceeded all our expectations and paved the way for the exploration of life in and beyond the Solar System," Thomas Zuburchen, the person responsible for NASA's mission in Washington, explains, in a space agency statement
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