Kepler Mission Manager Update, May 1, 2009 | Essentials

Kepler Mission Manager Update, May 1, 2009

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Kepler’s calibration data collection is drawing to a close. Several hundred data sets have been acquired to characterize and map the optical and noise performance of the telescope and the electronics for the focal plane array (the area where light is focused). The data sets are now being analyzed on the ground. Optimally shaped “windows” of pixels will be defined for each of the more than 100,000 target stars and a table of these pixels uploaded to the spacecraft. These are the pixels that will ultimately help the science team find planets — the pixels will be downlinked to Earth and used to construct light curves, or measurements of brightness over time, for each star. After science observations begin, the data analysis “pipeline” at the Science Operations Center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

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Kepler’s calibration data collection is drawing to a close.

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Kepler Mission Manager Update, May 1, 2009

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