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Watching Launch of Kepler Space Mission Live

Kepler Space Mission - Ready for Launch, NASA TV

Kepler Space Mission - Ready for Launch, NASA TV

I love the Internet. As I write this, I am watching the launch live of the on NASA TV from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Kepler satellite will be launched into an Earth-trailing solar orbit to get above the Earth’s atmosphere for a clearer view of outer space with its telescope and camera.

Called the Kepler Mission: A Search for Habitable Planets, of the recent missions by NASA, this is one of the most exciting as this satellite will observe the brightness of over 100,000 stars over 3.5 to 6 years to detect planets by the transit method, a method of measuring the intensity of the light from the star as a planet moves across the surface and blocks the light from the star. It’s goal is to not only measure the planets but look specifically for planets closer to the size of Earth, which possibly might be more Earth-like.

Kepler on launch pad - from NASA TV

Kepler on launch pad - from NASA TV

You can watch it on the NASA Portal for Kepler, and listen and watch NASA Kepler webcasts, podcast, and videos, and get more information on their Kepler Launch Blog, and follow their tweets on @NASAKepler.

Kepler Mission launches - from NASA TV

Kepler Mission launches - from NASA TV

Beyond the Cradle is a blog on by Rui Borges, a successor to spacEurope, both covering the “fight of promoting space exploration efforts worldwide.” The coverage of the Kepler Mission includes correspondence by some of the mission leaders and reports on preparation for the mission, including:

Kepler Mission Launched leaving Earth - from NASA TV

Kepler Mission Launched leaving Earth - from NASA TV

I took a few minutes while awaiting the launch to find some other blogs discussing the Kepler Mission. Unfortunately, I found a lot of sites scraping the few original blogs and news sites. These are the few blog posts I found discussing and providing more information on the search for habitable planets with Kepler in our galaxy and beyond.

While I was excited about the various NASA projects to Mars, and upcoming exploration of the moon, the Trekie within me is eager to be a part of the search for intelligent life in the universe, and to go boldy where no one has gone before.

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