Kepler and K2 Missions
03/23/2017 at 18:33. Facebook
New updates from the mission manager, including a look at Kepler's #K2mission Campaign 13.

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We continue to do amazing work to develop and launch our missions and increase this nation’s technical capabilities across the board. The fiscal year 2018 budget proposal enables us to continue our work with industry to enhance government capabilities, send humans deeper into space, continue our innovative aeronautics efforts and explore our universe. The budget supports our continued...
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NEW #TRAPPIST1 data from Kepler available today!

Nearly two weeks ago, astronomers announced that TRAPPIST-1, our ultra-cool dwarf star neighbor approximately 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, hosts a total of seven (7!!) Earth-size planets that are likely rocky.

Fortunately, the Kepler space telescope also has trained its gaze on this star since December 2016. Today these...
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NASA's Kepler Provides Another Peek At Ultra-cool Neighbor
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We are delighted and honored to receive the National Space Society's 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering! This award is in recognition for the teamwork across NASA, our partners, and the global scientific community who's tireless effort has opened up a new era of astronomy.

In May, mission leadership from NASA Ames Research Center will receive the award on behalf of the team...
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The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering
[Host begins at 2m50s] Greetings! We're here at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society with scientists from around the world who are doing exciting research with the Kepler and #K2Mission. We'll be taking questions from your comments. So, add them below and give a shout when you join!
In a few hours, we'll be broadcasting live from the American Astronomical Society meeting where more than 2,500 astronomers have gathered to science! We're excited to connect with you and share some of the cool research scientists from around the world are doing with the Kepler and #K2missions. Set your alarm for 730 PT / 930 CT / 1530 UT.

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Hey y'all, Friday at 930 CT we'll be broadcasting *live* from the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Join the Facebook Live and meet scientists from our third rock from the sun, and hear about the cool research their doing with the Kepler spacecraft. Dr. Tom Barclay, Kepler and #K2mission guest observer director, will intro you to guests studying #exoplanets, young and old...
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Greetings from the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society! This week we're here in Grapevine, Texas with a couple thousand astronomers to talk about the latest results and research using data from #Kepler and the #K2Mission! Follow #AAS229 to see what's happening at the meeting. We'll be making posts on Central Time Zone.

Later this week we're having a #FacebookLive. There you'll...
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Congratulations, Bill! :)

"This is a worthy acknowledgment of Bill Borucki's vision and the commitment of the Kepler mission team. Kepler has re-written the narrative in contemporary astronomy by proving what scientists long suspected—that planets are common in our Milky Way galaxy. This essential leap in knowledge allows us to take the next important steps in ascertaining whether life could...
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NASA Kepler Visionary Honored As Fellow By AAAS
The Kepler spacecraft keeps humming along making observations for K2's eleventh campaign, which include 14,250 new targets, the Galactic Center and Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus. The team has also had changes in personnel and appoints two women to to lead the mission science operations for both Kepler and the #K2mission.

K2 Marching On With Campaign 11
The Kepler team from NASA Ames Research Center is at the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day TODAY, and they have 3D models of the spacecraft to check out! Come down and say greetings, Earthlings!

#BASF16 #STEM #Exoplanets #PlanetsAreEverywhere

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The month of October marks the 21st anniversary of the discovery of the first planet orbiting another 'normal' or main sequence star, #exoplanet 51 Pegasi b. Read and share more of humankind's space odyssey in the search for another earth.

A Space Odyssey: 21 Years of Searching for Another Earth
FOUND: a patch of stars which spin so fast they're squashed into pumpkin-like shapes. A day on the fastest spinning star is only 5.5 hours! The fastest 'pumpkin' star is more than 10 times larger than the sun and emits X-rays 4,000 times that of the sun. The stars are thought to be the result of close binary systems where two sun-like stars merge.

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Matters of the heart can be puzzling and mysterious -- so too with unusual stars called heartbeat stars.

“The mere existence of heartbeat stars is a bit of a puzzle. All the tidal stretching of these heartbeat stars should have quickly caused the system to evolve into a circular orbit. A third star in the system is one way to create the highly stretched-out, elliptical orbits we observe,"...
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'Heartbeat Stars' Unlocked in New Study
A new study using Kepler data finds clouds on distant "hot Jupiters" made of manganese sulfide and silicate.

"The cloud formation is very different from what we know in the solar system," said Vivien Parmentier, a NASA Sagan Fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona, Tucson, who was the lead author of the study. "Cloud composition changes with planet temperature. The...
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Cloudy Nights, Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters
In this episode of #NASASiliconValley, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist Elisa Quintana shares her story on becoming a planet formation researcher.

Elisa Quintana, Kepler/K2 Mission: NASA in Silicon Valley Podcast
As the Rosetta Mission headed for a #cometlanding, the #K2mission nabbed a wide-angle view of comet 67P.

NASA's Kepler Gets the 'Big Picture' of Comet 67P
In the latest episode of the #NASASiliconValley podcast, Steve Howell, senior research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, talks about his path to NASA, searching for exoplanets and working on the #K2mission, and his latest study of the #TRAPPIST1 system. Check it out!

Steve Howell, Senior Research Scientist on Astrophysics: Podcast
When it comes to exoplanets, astronomers only know the properties of the planets they discover as well as they know the properties of the stars being orbited. For a planet's size, precisely characterizing the host star can mean the difference in our understanding of whether a distant world is small like Earth or huge like Jupiter.

Know Thy Star, Know Thy Planet