Kepler and K2 Mission Feature Summary

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Kepler Mission
The NASA Kepler observatory searches for extrasolar planets by monitoring about 100,000 stars in a small patch of sky. The observatory looks for stars that periodically dim as a planet passes in front of the star. Kepler was launched in 2009, and by January, 2012, it had already found 33 confirmed extrasolar planets and about 2300 candidates. To learn more, visit Kepler Mission, then click on "Mission Overview."

(This feature was updated on September 21, 2013.)
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February 1, 2012 - February 16, 2012