First Light for Kepler

The Kepler Mission is safely in orbit and the search for ET’s potential home has begun with Nasa’s release of the telescope’s first light images. And here are some of the NASA scientists involved with Kepler on the background and science of the mission again.

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  • joeCanuck

    Great.
    I’m a lucky person. I live in the countryside, a couple of miles from a small town and 100 miles from the nearest large city. Also, all of my front yard view is out over Lake Huron with no lights at all. The night time views on a clear night are spectacular. I never cease to wonder.

  • wild turkey

    Pete
    Thanks for this one. The 8 & 9 yr old astonomers in the household have come to love the big picture, the perspective. As always, keep up, and appreciate, the good work you do.

    …He turned to the flyleaf of the geography and read what he had written there: himself, his name and where he was.

    Stephen Dedalus
    Class of Elements
    Clongowes Wood College
    Sallins
    County Kildare
    Ireland
    Europe
    The World
    The Universe

    …Then he read the flyleaf from the bottom to the top till he came to his own name. That was he: and he read down the page again. What was after the universe? Nothing. But was there anything after the universe to show where it stopped before the nothing place began? It could not be a wall but there could be a thin thin line there all around everything. It was very big to think about everything and everywhere.

  • The Reincarnation of Paul Revere’s Horse

    I like to keep the ‘Universal’ perspective, though some things require a ‘grain of sand’ approach. Its particularly useful when thinking of matters of nationality and nationhood to perhaps remember just how big the earth is as well as the universe. (Perhaps the idea of a nation is a primitive concept the we are better of without but thats another debate altogether)

    One of the points raised in that video is the uniqueness of the earth. Whatever this mission reveals, I believe life on this planet is unique, it is extremely unlikely that we will life in the form of what we have here.

    This planet, its life and history is unique and you will most unlikely find anything like it if you travel 5 light years if any direction. We have a duty to protect this planet and not to further endanger the life upon it.

  • Devil Eire

    TRoPRH:

    “This planet, its life and history is unique and you will most unlikely find anything like it if you travel 5 light years if any direction.”

    That’s pretty much a certainty. Excluding Sol, there are just three stars within 5 light years of Earth, and they’re all part of the same system: Proxima Centauri, Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B.