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NASA could not fix the Kepler space telescope

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NASA could not fix the Kepler space telescope

NASA specialists did not succeed in troubleshooting the Kepler space telescope, which had previously lost two of the four gyroscopes and lost its ability to fully orientate in space. Now experts are thinking about how to use the telescope in the future.


A year ago, one of the Kepler gyroscopes, which are responsible for the orientation of the device in space, had serious problems. Then there were problems in the second gyroscope, after which the telescope automatically switched to a safe mode of operation. In total, the device has four such flywheels. The normal operation of three of them could ensure the functioning of the entire spacecraft.

Tests carried out in early August showed that a gyroscope damaged in 2012 could not provide accurate orientation. Attempts to bring it into working condition were not crowned with success, and on the eve of NASA announced the termination of attempts to restore the full operation of the space telescope, ITAR-TASS reported.

The cost of the device, named after astronomer Johann Kepler, exceeds $ 600 million. The telescope was the first NASA astronomical device capable of detecting Earth-sized planets inside or near the habitats of its stars.

Since its launch in 2009, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than 3 thousands of exoplanets, and also confirmed the existence of more 866 planets around other stars. In addition, according to experts from the space department, it was possible to detect more than 2500 planets where life can exist. Now NASA engineers are developing the necessary modifications to continue the mission of the telescope.
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  1. experienced
    experienced 16 August 2013 11: 40
    0
    which previously lost two of the four gyroscopes and lost the ability to fully orientate in space

    NASA experts think why 2 gyroscopes failed, and at this time a meeting is being held at the FSB why only two gyroscopes were destroyed, and two are working wassat
    1. xetai9977
      xetai9977 16 August 2013 14: 47
      19
      It’s a pity. It greatly contributed to the knowledge of the Universe. There would be more such devices instead of machines for destroying people.
      1. experienced
        experienced 16 August 2013 14: 50
        +2
        Quote: xetai9977
        It’s a pity. It greatly contributed to the knowledge of the Universe. There would be more such devices instead of machines for destroying people.

        Rauf, welcome hi Such devices usually have a dual-use status, I would not be surprised that he not only searches for planets, but also looks closely at the Earth's surface, examining "interesting" territories.
        1. MG42
          MG42 16 August 2013 15: 28
          +4
          Quote: seasoned
          Such devices usually have a dual-use status, I would not be surprised that he not only searches for planets, but also looks closely at the Earth's surface, examining "interesting" territories.

          Is there evidence? There, after all, scientists take pictures on Earth on Earth in no way involved in a spy program .. And that there are few satellites - spies in orbit, so that the telescope can still be used? laughing
          1. experienced
            experienced 16 August 2013 15: 30
            0
            Quote: MG42
            Is there evidence?

            No, just a guess hi
            Quote: MG42
            There, after all, scientists receive images on Earth in no way involved in a spyware program ..

            Well, this is easy to arrange at this time, if you let the information through the "filter", then what should be done by one, and the rest by another.
            1. MG42
              MG42 16 August 2013 15: 37
              +3
              Alexei, yes, there is no time for this device to deal with such nonsense, since there is so much unknown in the Universe, and the Earth is just a grain of sand, and there are very few such devices
              For example, access to the Hubble telescope >>
              Any person or organization can apply for a telescope; there are no restrictions on national or academic affiliation. Competition for the time of observation is very high, usually the total requested time is 6-9 times higher than actually available. A call for proposals for monitoring is announced approximately once a year.
            2. novobranets
              novobranets 16 August 2013 17: 12
              0
              To satisfy curiosity, there are more than enough spy satellites, special ones. And Kepler, I'm afraid, is simply not able to "see" objects at such a close distance. His specialization is not the same. And it's a pity that he stopped working. There were very interesting pictures. crying
        2. leon-iv
          leon-iv 16 August 2013 15: 35
          +7
          I don’t smack nonsense to her. He can’t look behind the ground because it is narrowly focused and the optical characteristics are not
        3. xetai9977
          xetai9977 16 August 2013 16: 24
          +3
          And you do not get sick, Alex! hi Yes, I know that there are special devices. But I would like that they were engaged in more peaceful duties. If you think about how insignificant different political squabbles look, in comparison, for example, with the threat of an asteroid falling. This misfortune, frankly, will not divide people into nationalities .
          1. MG42
            MG42 16 August 2013 16: 30
            +3
            Quote: xetai9977
            Yes, I know that there are special devices

            What specific telescopes do espionage?
            1. novobranets
              novobranets 16 August 2013 17: 20
              0
              The list of spy stations may not fit on the page. fellow
              1. MG42
                MG42 16 August 2013 17: 25
                0
                Do you catch the difference between a spy satellite and an orbiting telescope? which list? You can simply insert the link in the comment.
                1. novobranets
                  novobranets 16 August 2013 18: 09
                  0
                  I just reply to MG42 comment, and I catch the difference.
                  1. MG42
                    MG42 16 August 2013 18: 23
                    +3
                    Quote: novobranets
                    Just answering MG42 comment

                    So where is the list of spying orbiting telescopes or whatever kind of "dual-use" that won't fit on a page? wassat
                    I did not ask for a list of spy satellites.
                    Keller, Hubble, James Webb, who haven't launched yet ... continue .. >>
                    1. experienced
                      experienced 16 August 2013 18: 29
                      +2
                      Quote: MG42
                      So where is the list of spying orbiting telescopes or whatever kind of "dual-use" that won't fit on a page?

                      Sergey, it's good to "drive the snowstorm" drinks It's my fault, brought up in such conditions when the whole country worked for the defense industry, and there is nothing to say about space. Well crap, with whom does not happen? They corrected me. I realized what’s to inflate from an elephant’s fly? hi
                      1. MG42
                        MG42 16 August 2013 18: 41
                        +3
                        Quote: seasoned
                        Sergey, it's good to "drive a blizzard" It's my fault

                        I respect people who know how to admit their mistakes. drinks
                        Yesterday I argued with one for half a day, >> to no avail, and cited links >> it did not help, when the minister quoted the minister, he calmed down ..
                  2. novobranets
                    novobranets 16 August 2013 18: 26
                    +2
                    I apologize inattentively read it. I was just thinking about spies.
                2. poquello
                  poquello 16 August 2013 21: 27
                  +2
                  Quote: MG42
                  Do you catch the difference between a spy satellite and an orbiting telescope? which list? You can simply insert the link in the comment.


                  "Currently, the US military has 7 Hubble-class telescopes that are used as spy satellites. The NRO gift came as a pleasant surprise for NASA, although there are a number of questions about the use of these telescopes. First of all, they are on Earth, that is they still need to be put into orbit, naturally at the expense of NASA, in the budget of which the corresponding funds are not planned.In addition, military telescopes do not have the corresponding scientific "stuffing": cameras, spectrographs, etc., as well as software and control personnel. In fact, this is just equipment that can be prepared for launch no earlier than 2020. "
                  http://www.rnd.cnews.ru/news/line/index_science.shtml?2012/06/07/492180
                  1. MG42
                    MG42 16 August 2013 21: 37
                    +3
                    Quote: poquello
                    “The US military currently has 7 Hubble-class telescopes that are used as spy satellites.


                    Currently telescopes NRO-1 and NRO-2 are disassembled at one of the NRO management warehouses. Both telescopes have a main mirror, about 2.5 meters in diameter, the same as the Hubble telescope. But unlike the latter, NRO telescopes have a secondary mirror, which approximately 100 times increases their resolution.

                    Unfortunately, both telescopes, NRO-1 and NRO-2, are disassembled and some parts of these telescopes, such as solar panels, control system components, and some other important details, are no longer in stock. But the most important part, the most complex and expensive - the optical system, is in a fully equipped state. And only this will allow NASA to save several hundred million dollars in the future. But, in addition to this, new telescopes, in the case of their further scientific use, will need additional cameras, spectrometers, navigation instruments and other scientific instruments, the creation of which will result in considerable penny.

                    Naturally, much needs to happen and be done before new telescopes find themselves in space, if ever. Indeed, at present, NASA has no program, finances or personnel that could be allocated for the "development" of new telescopes. And according to NASA forecasts, these telescopes can be launched into space no earlier than 2020 at best.

                    Where else 5 from the warehouse spy on too? laughing
                    1. poquello
                      poquello 16 August 2013 23: 45
                      +1
                      Quote: MG42
                      Quote: poquello
                      “The US military currently has 7 Hubble-class telescopes that are used as spy satellites.


                      Indeed, at present, NASA has no program, finances or personnel that could be allocated for the "development" of new telescopes. And according to NASA forecasts, these telescopes can be launched into space no earlier than 2020 at best.

                      Where else 5 from the warehouse spy on too? laughing


                      You do not confuse horseradish with radish please.

                      US National Intelligence Agency (NRO) gave NASA two space telescopes "
                      1. MG42
                        MG42 16 August 2013 23: 49
                        +3
                        Quote: poquello
                        You do not confuse horseradish with radish please.

                        I do not like rudeness comrade pokuello ..
                        Quote: poquello
                        US National Intelligence Agency (NRO) Donated Two Space Telescopes to NASA

                        Yes, I read it, where are the others? At work or in stock? Where does this news source come from?
                      2. poquello
                        poquello 17 August 2013 00: 39
                        +3
                        Quote: MG42
                        Quote: poquello
                        You do not confuse horseradish with radish please.

                        I do not like rudeness comrade pokuello ..
                        Quote: poquello
                        US National Intelligence Agency (NRO) Donated Two Space Telescopes to NASA

                        Yes, I read it, where are the others? At work or in stock? Where does this news source come from?

                        What rudeness? Horseradish is NASA, radish is NRO.
                        First post link - reprint from a Washington post.

                        "So what are these telescopes and how many are there? It's called the NRO KH-11 KENNAN, also known by the codenames 1010 and Crystal [2] and commonly referred to as 'Key Hole' [1] - a type of reconnaissance satellites that were launched by the US National Space Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1990. And they were launched

                        Name
                        Launch Date
                        NSSDC ID
                        Dr. title
                        Departure Date
                        KH11-1 December 19, 1976 1976-125A OPS-5705 January 28, 1979
                        KH11-2 June 14, 1978 1978-060A OPS4515 August 23, 1981
                        KH11-3 February 7, 1980 1980-010A OPS-2581 October 30, 1982
                        KH11-4 September 3, 1981 1981-085A OPS-3984 November 23, 1984
                        KH11-5 November 17, 1982 1982-111A OPS-9627 August 13, 1985
                        KH11-6 December 4, 1984 1984-122A USA-6 October 20, 1994?
                        KH11-7 August 28, 1985 - USA did not enter orbit
                        KH11-8 October 26, 1987 1987-090A USA-27 June 1992?
                        KH11-9 November 6, 1988 1988-099A USA-33 May 1996
                        KH11-10 March 1, 1990 1990-019B USA-53
                        Let me remind you that in 1968, NASA approved the plan for the construction of a telescope with a mirror with a diameter of 3 m, Hubble with a mirror with a diameter of 2,4 m was launched in 1990. All this time the military launched and used similar telescopes. Then came the KH-12 Advanced Crystal with plenty of fuel for in-orbit maneuvers

                        KH-12/1 was launched on November 28, 1992 by a Titan-4 from Vandenberg.

                        KH-12/2 was launched on 05 December 1995 by a Titan-4 from Vandenberg.

                        KH-12/3 was launched on 20 December 1996 by a Titan-4 from Vandenberg. "
                      3. MG42
                        MG42 17 August 2013 01: 11
                        +2
                        The hubble does not have a secondary movable mirror to view the Earth, kn-11 is already in the past there are 1 KH11-10 in age as a hubble, which will soon work out its resource in 2014, kn-12 3 pcs. Where are seven?
                      4. poquello
                        poquello 17 August 2013 02: 31
                        +2
                        Quote: MG42
                        The hubble does not have a secondary movable mirror to view the Earth, kn-11 is already in the past there are 1 KH11-10 in age as a hubble, which will soon work out its resource in 2014, kn-12 3 pcs. Where are seven?

                        ) BABAMA said Oborn does not inject.
                      5. MG42
                        MG42 17 August 2013 03: 05
                        +3
                        Quote: poquello
                        Quote: MG42
                        The hubble does not have a secondary movable mirror to view the Earth, kn-11 is already in the past there are 1 KH11-10 in age as a hubble, which will soon work out its resource in 2014, kn-12 3 pcs. Where are seven?

                        ) BABAMA said Oborn does not inject.

                        Well, if BABAMA himself said then plus to you.
  • Che
    Che 16 August 2013 19: 56
    0
    Quote: xetai9977
    It’s a pity. It greatly contributed to the knowledge of the Universe. There would be more such devices instead of machines for destroying people.


    I feel sorry for the scientists. You learn so much new about the Universe. That's what you need to do together, not cut Bosko.
  • poquello
    poquello 16 August 2013 21: 17
    +1
    The space flies were telescoping.
    1. MG42
      MG42 16 August 2013 22: 22
      +2
      Comrade sneaky and not pronouncing your name repeat I hope you understand the difference in that a peaceful telescope cannot spy for technical reasons, the military is different, find where else 5 secret telescopes are, most interesting .. if you didn’t slip a duck ..
      1. poquello
        poquello 17 August 2013 03: 22
        +1
        Quote: MG42
        Comrade sneaky and not pronouncing your name repeat I hope you understand the difference in that a peaceful telescope cannot spy for technical reasons, the military is different, find where else 5 secret telescopes are, most interesting .. if you didn’t slip a duck ..


        You have counted four, this is up to and including the 1996 launch. 2005-2012 try watching "Union of Concerned Scientists"
        1. MG42
          MG42 17 August 2013 05: 55
          0
          Quote: poquello
          try looking at Union of Concerned Scientists

          See for yourself, if you understand English, I fall asleep >>

          The history of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

          1. poquello
            poquello 17 August 2013 14: 18
            +2
            http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/nwgs/UCS_Satellite_Database_6-1-13.xls
  • Joker
    Joker 16 August 2013 11: 46
    +9
    Strange, they made it themselves, but they can't fix it. All the same, a useful thing for the whole world.
    1. experienced
      experienced 16 August 2013 11: 48
      14
      Quote: Joker
      Strange, they made it themselves, but they can't fix it. All the same, a useful thing for the whole world.

      Oleg, he is in orbit. And Bruce Willis is already old to fly to save America's wealth wassat
      1. Joker
        Joker 16 August 2013 12: 10
        +1
        Aaa, ATP, I understood everything, the photo just confused.
      2. il grand casino
        il grand casino 16 August 2013 12: 11
        +1
        Quote: seasoned
        Quote: Joker
        Strange, they made it themselves, but they can't fix it. All the same, a useful thing for the whole world.

        Oleg, he is in orbit. And Bruce Willis is already old to fly to save America’s heritage wassat


        He won’t even move for the sake of such a trifle ... if only the super-duper thermonuclear plasma reactor was rearmed on this telescope and it could fall to the ground ... then then wink
      3. HAM
        HAM 16 August 2013 12: 12
        +3
        AND THERE ARE OURS IN OUR HANDS AND WITH A SHOWER, WELL AND WITH ANY MOTHER, NATURALLY.
        1. MG42
          MG42 16 August 2013 12: 20
          +5
          Russian cosmonaut comes to the aid of the Americans >>
      4. Geisenberg
        Geisenberg 16 August 2013 13: 26
        0
        Quote: seasoned
        Quote: Joker
        Strange, they made it themselves, but they can't fix it. All the same, a useful thing for the whole world.

        Oleg, he is in orbit. And Bruce Willis is already old to fly to save America's wealth wassat

        Yes, Bruce would have mastered ... It is not clear only now ... they already have experience in repairing the telescope and suddenly they can’t do anything! In my opinion they just want to write it off as an expense.
        1. novobranets
          novobranets 16 August 2013 17: 25
          +2
          Quote: Geisenberg
          Yes, Bruce would have mastered.

          The first day. A huge meteorite flies to the Earth. A group of daredevils sent to him to establish a nuclear charge. Second day. A huge meteorite with a nuclear charge flies to Earth. laughing
      5. Airman
        Airman 16 August 2013 23: 55
        0
        Quote: seasoned
        Quote: Joker
        Strange, they made it themselves, but they can't fix it. All the same, a useful thing for the whole world.

        Oleg, he is in orbit. And Bruce Willis is already old to fly to save America's wealth wassat

        It was necessary to put 6 gyroscopes, with a double margin, and then they saved. A gyroscope is cheaper.
  • nemec55
    nemec55 16 August 2013 11: 47
    +2
    This is a conspiracy of gumnonoid.
    1. MG42
      MG42 16 August 2013 12: 28
      +3
      In fact, the news does not please cosmic progress should be and all humanity should be moved forward, no matter how pathetic it sounds ..
  • leon-iv
    leon-iv 16 August 2013 11: 53
    +8
    But in vain you laugh. Such projects are international and almost everyone has access to their results. And in space EVERYTHING is sharing information.
    1. HAM
      HAM 16 August 2013 12: 16
      +1
      Well, you turned it down, when it was for the Americans to share EVERYTHING!
      1. leon-iv
        leon-iv 16 August 2013 12: 22
        +1
        telemetry is recorded worldwide. Including us. And also our astronomers rent this telescope. I will surprise you, but even in the midst of the Cold War, NATO scientists were in Dubna, and our physicists quietly hung out at their nuclear centers.
        1. Panikovsky
          Panikovsky 16 August 2013 12: 31
          +2
          Leon is right, breaking Kepler is not a reason for gloating. all the more so as staffers, oddly enough, are ahead of the rest in the construction of telescopes.
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          2. novobranets
            novobranets 16 August 2013 17: 16
            0
            Quote: Panikovsky
            Kepler’s breakdown is not a reason for gloating

            This is damage to world science.
          3. novobranets
            novobranets 16 August 2013 17: 28
            +1
            I do not think our scientists are worse. But the USA has more money.
            1. Che
              Che 16 August 2013 20: 01
              0
              Until the USSR was derailed, we stepped on the heels of amers in the study of the Universe. And now the main thing is not to degrade and catch up.
  • Stiletto
    Stiletto 16 August 2013 12: 00
    0
    Let it be better to assemble a replacement for Kepler than hypersonic horror stories for the whole civilized and not so much of the world. There will be more sense and benefit.
  • individual
    individual 16 August 2013 13: 05
    +1
    This is "Rise of the Machines" - a robot exercise at NASA.
  • Vtel
    Vtel 16 August 2013 13: 35
    0
    NASA specialists were unable to fix the problems with the Kepler space telescope, which had previously lost two of the four gyroscopes and lost the ability to fully orient in space.


    That’s what the West has come to, they themselves are blue, now even the ingenious super-technology has lost its orientation. But they were warned not to indulge with entim.
  • Kamchatka
    Kamchatka 16 August 2013 14: 21
    0
    $ 600 million? In one year?
    Fed will print!
  • Dwarfik
    Dwarfik 16 August 2013 14: 46
    0
    has broken? it happens! Not fixed? It happens ....
  • Anphy
    Anphy 16 August 2013 16: 01
    0
    Here, disgusting! The Chinese bearings were probably supplied and here is the result.
  • gura
    gura 17 August 2013 00: 01
    -1
    From Minsk. This paranoia about "who" - "whom" got so much ?! All these Putin, Yanukovych, Lukashenka got to the liver! They went to a well-known address! I watch BBC movies online about space, nature, oceans. Complete flight! The soul is resting. I advise everyone.
  • Tan4ik
    Tan4ik 17 August 2013 10: 56
    0
    Here are the scientists with them. Will make a tricky product, and then they can’t fix it laughing