In 2018 The Kepler Space Telescope Stopped Collecting Data, And NASA Has Decided Not To Fix It

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In October 2018 NASA’s steadfast extraterrestrial-hunter, the pioneering Kepler Space Telescope, ceased collecting data. Indeed, the $600 million space observatory, which by this time had identified thousands of extraterrestrial planets, had inexplicably gone into sleep mode. And so, back on Earth, Kepler scientists scrambled to find out why.

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From Star Trek to Star Wars, the idea of alien planets has been explored and expounded by science fiction for decades. However, scientists have yet to confirm the existence of even simple extraterrestrial life – let alone the grandiose alien civilizations depicted in our favorite sci-fi. Nonetheless, astronomical evidence of exoplanets – that is, planets orbiting stars outside our solar system – suggests a strong likelihood of alien life out there somewhere.

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