http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/overview/overview22.swf. by Barbara Brown for ASTR 402 Spring, 2006. Kepler Mission test hypotheses: Most stars like our Sun have terrestrial planets in or near the habitable zone On an average two Earth-size planets form in the region between 0.5 and 1.5 AU.
for ASTR 402
4. Determine the range of orbit size, brightness, size, mass and density of short-period giant planets;
5. Identify additional members of each discovered planetary system using other techniques; and
6. Determine the properties of those stars that harbor planetary systems.
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0.95-meter diameter photometer telescope
105 degrees2 field of view
Continuously and simultaneously monitor the brightnesses of more than 100,000 stars for the life of the mission—4 years
Scientific Operations Center at NASA Ames:
William Borucki, Principal Investigator
Mission Operations Center at University of Colorado LASP
Data Management Center at Space Telescope Science Institute
Industrial partner: Ball Aerospace, Boulder, CO