A Telescope Fails, but the Hunt for Exoplanets Continues

24:59 minutes

The ailing Kepler planet-hunting telescope cannot be fixed, the victim of failed reaction wheels required to aim the instrument. However, researchers still have reams of data to sift through. William Borucki of NASA and Joshua Winn of MIT discuss the search for distant planets.

Segment Guests

William Borucki

William Boruki is principal investigator for NASA’s Kepler mission and a space scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, California.

Joshua Winn

Joshua Winn is an associate professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.