Kepler: Are There Any Good Worlds Out There?

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Details

Date
Wednesday, May 12 2010 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Speaker
Jon Jenkins
Affiliation
SETI Institute
Description

The Kepler Mission began its science observations just one year ago on March 12, 2009, initiating NASA’s first search for Earth-like planets. Initial results and light curves from Kepler are simply breath-taking, and they reveal as much about the instrument as they do about the stars Kepler observes. I will discuss how much we’ve learned over the past year about the instrument and the stars and how we are modifying the Science Pipeline to reveal small Earth-like planets. 

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