The Kepler mission had an impressive success as Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate himself admits that it was 'wildly exceeded all our expectations.' Along with its nine years-long mission, the telescope collected a huge amount of new data that now scientist have to interpret and learn about.
The founder of the Kepler mission, William Borucki, recalled that when this idea was conceived 35 years ago, humanity "did not know of a single planet" outside the solar system. The telescope was able to send data for five years more, until now.
Kepler was originally positioned to watch 150,000 stars in a patch of sky within the constellation Cygnus.
TESS builds on Kepler's foundation with fresh batches of data in its search of planets orbiting some 2,00,000 of the brightest and nearest stars to the Earth. In addition to the Kepler data, the archive also offers community-provided data sets for further scientific discoveries.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has made a decision to retire the Kepler which discovered more than 2,600 planets.
But the mission was not without its hiccups - in 2013, mechanical failures stopped Kepler's observations. More critical, Kepler was an exoplanet-hunter, detecting several thousands of planets outside our solar system.
When the telescope was launched, it carried 12 liters of fuel for its engine, which was used to correct its drifts and control its orbit.
October 30 recorded 3,800 known exoplanets and Kepler was accountable for finding 2,720 of them.
Nasa's Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel and ended its mission to discover planets around other stars.
In NASA noted that the spacecraft does not threaten the Earth.
These data will enable new scientific discoveries for years to come as scientists fully examine the data and augment it with additional observations.
Are we alone? NASA's new planet-hunting mission, poised to launch Monday, aims to advance the search for extraterrestrial life by scanning the skies for nearby, Earth-like planets.
In mid-November, a company called Rocket Lab will try to send six small satellites into orbit around Earth-a fairly banal undertaking, save for the size of the launch rocket.