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Mr. Borucki's Lonely Road to the Light

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Science  03 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6132, pp. 542-545
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6132.542

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If he didn't enjoy the journey so much, William Borucki would have given up long before he realized his goal of launching a spacecraft to find planets outside the solar system. He is the architect and principal investigator of NASA's exoplanet search mission, Kepler, which has opened the floodgates for exoplanet discoveries since its launch in 2009. Those who have followed Kepler from idea to reality say that the mission is a testament to Borucki's ingenuity and vision and iron will, a spirit so inured to rejection and failure that it might as well be wrapped in rhino hide.