“Kepler’s Last Light” –First & Final Images of the Iconic Spacecraft’s Field of View


Kepler's Last Light


You can’t help but wonder what unknown worlds and, perhaps, advanced civilizations might be awaiting discovery within the final record of the Kepler spacecraft’s full field of view before the depletion of fuel permanently ended its work. NASA retired the iconic spacecraft on Oct. 30, 2018, to a safe orbit. The Kepler field of view represents 1/400 of the Milky Way Galaxy and its 100 billion stars.


Intelligent Alien Life –“Clues May Lie Buried in Kepler Mission Data” (A 2018 Most Viewed)

Habitable Exoplanet


“The search for planets is the search for life,” said Natalie Batalha, a Kepler mission scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center. “These results will form the basis for future searches for life.”


New Solar System Discovered With Two Jupiter and Two Saturn-Sized Planets


Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. The system has also set a new record for the most extreme range of orbits yet observed: the outermost planet is more than a thousand times further from the star than the innermost one, which raises interesting questions about how such a system might have formed.


NASA Code ‘Red’ –“Holistic Search Needed for Evidence of Past and Present Life Elsewhere in the Universe”

To answer significant questions about planetary systems, such as whether our solar system is a rare phenomenon or if life exists on planets other than Earth, NASA should lead a large direct imaging mission – an advanced space telescope – capable of studying Earth-like exoplanets orbiting stars similar to the sun, says a new congressionally mandated report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


“Water Worlds of the Milky Way” –Hold Vast Promise in the Search for Life

“It’s amazing to think that the enigmatic intermediate-size exoplanets could be water worlds with vast amounts of water. Hopefully atmosphere observations in the future–of thick steam atmospheres—can support or refute the new findings,” said Professor Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and deputy science director of the recently-launched TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission, which will search for exoplanets.