After nine years, and many important discoveries, the Kepler telescope has finally reformed itself from detection of celestial bodies after finding more than 2600 planets outside the solar system, according to NASA.
The end of the mission of the well-known telescope, was dictated by the end of its fuel, thus preventing new advances with this telescope, according to the American space agency, Kepler is in an orbit far from Earth and poses no threat to our planet.
Although the telescope has reached the end of its life cycle, it still has many contributions to enrich our spatial knowledge, since part of the data collected by Kepler, have not yet been analyzed.
Scientists were aware that the device would be depleting its fuel reserves, so they exploited its full potential by completing various observation campaigns and unloading all the collected data in a timely manner so that all the information could be used and analyzed in detail.
The latest data will then be crossed with those of the new planet-hunting telescope, the TESS telescope that was launched last April by NASA, and this new telescope, unlike Kepler who only looked for planets in a certain region of space, will observe and try detect new exoplanets throughout the space.
Thanks to Kepler, we learned that 20 to 50 percent of the stars that we can see in the sky are very likely to have planets around them, although they may be small in size, but according to the analysis, part of these celestial bodies are rocky composition, and orbit in the habitable zone.
Hopefully the TESS Space Telescope will bring us as many scientific joys and curiosities as Kepler has brought us over the last 9 years.