A Telescope Fails, but the Hunt for Exoplanets Continues
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.
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 is an associate professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.