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NASA's precious $530m Kepler space telescope's exoplanet-hunting powers may have been destroyed by the failure of its gyroscopic stabilisers, but it turns out the craft is still capable of functioning as a useful astronomical instrument. Back in August, the Kepler mission solicited proposals for new science missions that would …


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  1. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    A chance to observe a galactic Mr Creasote...

    "Better get a bucket....."

    Seriously this seems like a great dovetail, with the new mission nicely fitting it's (downgraded) capabilities.

  2. John Hughes

    Sounds like the very definition of "non-essential"

    So prepare for it to be defunded the next time the tea party is pissed.

  3. Osgard Leach

    Searching for the invisible with the unserviceable.

    This wouldn't be a government operation at all?

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