Kepler Mission – aiming at a new earth – launch post

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-45 minutes for launch

Man will not always stay on Earth; the pursuit of light and space will lead him to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar space.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

-30 minutes for launch

The blue distance, the mysterious Heavens, the example of birds and insects flying everywhere —are always beckoning Humanity to rise into the air.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

-15 minutes for launch

Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

 

07-10 minutes for launch…

 

-05 minutes for launch…

 

 

 

LIFT-OFF OF KEPLER, THE HARVESTER OF WORLDS!

All the Universe is full of the life of perfect creatures.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

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  1. Quick note from Jon Jenkins:
    “The Cocoa Beach Hilton contingent of the Kepler Science Team (including the Science PI and Deputy Pi, Science Office Director, Instrument Scientist, and myself) and the Science Operations Team just concluded their post-launch celebrations in the lounge. Spirits are high after a flawless insertion into an Earth-trailing orbit and acquisition of the spacecraft signal. We’re hoping that we can hold up our end of the bargain and deliver the goods, now that the launch vehicle has placed us into our desired orbit. I’ll weather the demands of the celebration and roll up my sleeves by the time I return to work on Monday to commence the job of commissioning the instrument. We’re going to be working very hard to make sure we are ready to eject the cover and start looking for planets before we know it.”

    Wonderful feeling! Now let’s wait for what Kepler’s eyes have to retrieve us…

    • zemig-l
    • March 7th, 2009

    “SPACECRAFT SEPARATION! The Kepler spacecraft is on its way to search for Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Release from the Delta 2 rocket’s third stage is confirmed, finishing tonight’s launch sequence.”
    Now finaly i can go to sleep at peace :)

  2. We MUST be there! :)

    • zemig-l
    • March 7th, 2009

    8 minutes on the flight.. we are almost there :)

  1. March 7th, 2009

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