NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler is near the end of its life

Kepler, finder of over 4,000 exoplanets, is nearing its end. But don’t depair, its replacement will be launching in a few days.

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been in orbit of the Earth for nine years. In that time, it’s well exceeded its original 3.5-year mission and has pinpointed over 4,500 exoplanets and candidates. It’s a little bit heartbreaking (though not unexpected), then, that NASA revealed that the spacecraft is on its last legs. Kepler will run out of fuel in the next few months and will soon be dead in space.

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