News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: Charles Sobeck

How NASA Tried to Save Its Prime Planet-Spotter

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Science  23 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6148, pp. 829
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6148.829

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Since its launch in 2009, NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered 130 new extrasolar planets and identified hundreds of candidates. On 15 August, however, NASA announced that mechanical breakdowns had forced Kepler to stop planet-hunting. In an interview, Deputy Project Manager Charles Sobeck describes NASA's efforts to keep the mission doing science.