Planet hunting telescope retires

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The world orbiting Kepler space telescope has had to stop hunting for planets.

Last week the American space agency Nasa has said its planet-hunting telescope, Kepler, can’t be fixed and will have to stop looking for other worlds.

The space observatory was launched back in 2009. Its aim was to find other earth-like planets that could support life elsewhere in the universe.

So far Kepler has confirmed 135 new planets beyond our Solar System.

However, a breakdown in May this meant it could no longer hold itself steady. The telescope uses a set of four special spinning wheels to hold it steady in space and one of these broke.

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  1. I’m wondering, out of all those 135 planets Kepler found, how many were earth-like? I’m guessing 0.

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