The Space telescope that helped NASA scientists to find multiple planets outside our solar system has been officially shut off. NASA has officially disconnected all the communications with the Kepler Space Telescope. Recently, NASA announced that the Kepler telescope had been retired as it has depleted all its fuel needed for regular operations. Today, the ground control center of the Kepler Space Telescope has sent the last message to the telescope commanding it to shut down all its activities and shut down the automatic recovery system.
The final commands sent from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, Colorado were to shut down the transmitters and automatic recovery system, which is the standard procedure while ending any space mission. The transmitters were stopped first to stop any errant signals causing a disturbance while contacting other NASA satellites and the objects in the space. Then, the automatic recovery system, which was placed to ensure the telescope keeps in touch with the command center on earth was stopped. This means the telescope, which is 94 million miles away from the planet will now fly infinitely without any guidance. With every hour, the telescope is going away from the earth with the speed of more than thousand miles per hour.
The team at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics said the signals or the commands would take more than a few days to reach the Kepler telescope. After that, the telescope will execute the commands. Till the execution, the team at the laboratory in Boulder, Colorado will carefully observe the telescope through various means and will ensure the commands are executed successfully. The Kepler Space Telescope was launched in the year 2009 and was sent in the elliptical orbit around sun and earth. The death of the telescope was confirmed on 30th Oct as it has depleted all of its fuel resources.