Welcome to the New and Improved Kepler Mission Blog!

Update: find the main page of this blog at https://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/kepler. Subscribe to the blog’s rss feed by clicking on the orange icon on the top right.

Sorry we’ve been gone so long, hopefully we’ll reward your wait with some interesting reading.

I know there are a lot of people out there interested in the Kepler Mission and how things are going. We’ve asked team members to submit content, to give you some glimpses into what they’re doing, with very little filtering. So you should soon be seeing postings from a variety of personalities with different interests and writing styles. Just what they will be writing about I can’t quite imagine, but we did give the team some guidance, so here’s what you might expect:

  • Everyone has agreed to be civil and follow normal etiquette, but there will be no political correctness police,
  • This will not be the forum for the release of mission results, so we will refrain from discussing the raw findings that come from Kepler, though there may be some stories later, after official announcements have been made, about how we did it and how it felt,
  • We will be sensitive to our supervisors and will not be announcing late breaking news about mission anomalies before they have a chance to learn about them through channels, but once they have been reported we may well try to give you an inside look at how our understanding evolved,
  • Since we want to let the team members write what they want with little filtering, you may find contradictions in the entries, and we do not guarantee the accuracy of all the numbers put out, but maybe that will be a feature, an opportunity for the public to ask us for clarification!

The Kepler team is quite busy, but we want to share our excitement in this mission, so we’ll try to keep this blog more lively from now on, with at least one entry each week.

Visit us online! It’ll be fun!

Posted by Charlie Sobeck, Kepler Chief Engineer