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NASA’s Kepler Telescope “Wakes Up, Phones Home”

6 August 2018
SPACE reported that NASA’s Kepler space telescope “woke up from a four-week hibernation yesterday (Aug. 2) and has begun beaming data home, just as planned, NASA officials announced today.” Kepler has been in a state of hibernation “in an attempt to save thruster fuel” and to “make sure the spacecraft had enough propellant left to orient its antenna toward Earth for yesterday’s data dump.” Kepler sent back data via NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). (Image: Artist’s conception of the Kepler space telescope observing planets. Credit: NASA Ames/ W Stenzel via Wikimedia Commons)
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