It is reported that the recent discovery of 24 new extrasolar planets was discovered in the 10th observation, so that the Kepler space telescope has confirmed the number of extrasolar planets increase
According to foreign media reports, at present, NASA said the Kepler space telescope is in the ' near death '.
A few days ago, NASA's Kepler research team received a signal that the probe had less fuel. NASA says the Kepler space telescope, which has been running for 9 years, has entered ' dormant state ' and operators are trying to download data from the telescope.
Once the data has been downloaded, the next round of observation activity is expected to begin with the remaining fuel. Starting May 12, the Kepler space telescope has begun its 18th observation, which is aimed at the cancer (observed in 2015).
The second observational data will provide an opportunity for astronomers to identify extrasolar and new extrasolar planets before they are identified. For the Kepler space telescope, it transmits observational data to Earth as a top priority in the remaining fuel state.
To send the observation data to Earth, the probe must target the largest antenna to Earth and transmit data during working time in the Deep Space Network (DSN). Prior to this, the Kepler space telescope will remain stable and parked in a safe mode of non fuel consumption.
It is expected that August 2, the researchers will control the spacecraft from the State of non fuel consumption recovery, and the spacecraft to adjust to the correct direction, download observation data. If the operation and data downloads are successful, the team will use the remaining fuel for the 19th observation activity on August 6.
NASA will update the download data after the expected download data is complete. NASA is monitoring the Kepler space telescope's low fuel status closely and expects to run out of fuel in the next few months.