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K2

(second kepler mission working around failed equipment)

K2 is the name of a project in development to reuse what is left of the Kepler Telescope spacecraft for the same and additional science. It would continue to monitor stellar brightness to detect Transits as well as other uses of such observations. Due to the failure of gyroscopes, it is to make use solar Radiation Pressure as an element in controlling its direction, with somewhat less precision but sufficient to produce results.

Among its projects are surveys for transits across nearby M Dwarves (M-Type Star (M), Red Dwarf), complimenting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) because K2's sensitivity and reach are different than TESS and longer observation periods are planned.


(telescope,reflector,space,transits,exoplanets,NASA,mission)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_(spacecraft)
http://keplerscience.arc.nasa.gov/K2/
http://www.nasa.gov/kepler/keplers-second-light-how-k2-will-work/

Referenced by:
Kepler Telescope
NASA

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