Sunday, March 08, 2009

Kepler launch successful, 'Let's go find planets!'

Pound360's fingers were crossed on Friday night as NASA's Kepler probe, set to hunt for another Earth, was set for liftoff. Just a few weeks ago, another NASA mission (Orbiting Carbon Observatory) went awry and crashed off the coast of Antarctica. But Kepler's launch was "all sunshine and sparkles." (Wired Science)

And yes, the probe is functioning. Kepler checked in with mission control "right on time," prompting one NASA exec to tweet, "She lives! Lets go find planets!"

Not as excited as that guy about Kepler?
Read this.


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NASA)

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.