NASA Has Saved the Kepler Spacecraft from Emergency Mode

Monday, 11 April 2016 - 1:39PM
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Monday, 11 April 2016 - 1:39PM
NASA Has Saved the Kepler Spacecraft from Emergency Mode
On Thursday, the Kepler Spacecraft gave everyone a scare when a scheduled interchange revealed it had inexplicably switched to Emergency Mode. Now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, as NASA has just announced that they've recovered the spacecraft and it's on the road back to normal operations.

Kepler was functioning normally at the time of the prior check-in on April 4, but then entered Emergency Mode (EM) on April 8 for reasons still unknown. EM is a state in which Kepler is in its "lowest operational mode" that is also "fuel-intensive." Kepler went into EM approximately 14 hours before a planned maneuver to orient the craft towards the center of the Milky Way, so that maneuver and the associated risks have been eliminated as possibilities for the cause of the error. 

Currently, the craft is still its lowest burn-fueling mode while NASA scientists investigate the cause of the event. The investigation is expected to continue throughout the week, with the priority of returning the spacecraft to science operations. 

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"It was the quick response and determination of the engineers throughout the weekend that led to the recovery," NASA said in a statement. "We are deeply appreciative of their efforts, and for the outpouring of support from the mission's fans and followers from around the world."
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