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

11 thoughts on “Welcome to the New and Improved Kepler Mission Blog!”

  1. This is great news! Congratulations on the launch of the blog.
    You should post a link to the Home Page of your blog within this post.

    That will allow people to bookmark the page and subscribe to the RSS feeds. Also, any plans to host the blog at the main Kepler Mission URL? You guys are getting a considerable amount of traffic to your Kepler Mission page already (https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/). It would make sense to keep driving traffic to those pages with this blog, right?

  2. Kepler Mission Team:

    My family and I are rather excited about this particular mission. We search out official information, televised programs, internet sites, and even social media that proclaim to offer updates or information to its regard.

    Thank you for making an effort to keep the populace around the earth informed as you work to through mission results. Appreciated!

    We are rather a-typical Nasa/Kepler fanatics, but we believe in your mission, very much.


  3. This sounds great.

    Any chance of getting “rough” numbers on the potential candidates? For example, the percentage of stars with a signal, breakdown of short and long period candidates, numbers of superearths and so on? Any inkling? Anything?


  4. My family is very excited about learning about the new developments. This mission provides a glimmer of hope while our little blue marble grows increasingly uncertain.

    We know we can rely on the information from NASA scientists.

  5. I’ve been following this mission with great interest since it was launched and am very pleased to see it going so well.
    The results of this mission will be extremely important. We will finally get the hard evidence we need for the existence extra-solar of planetary systems similar to our own and hopefully a good estimate of their population and distribution.
    One more factor in the Drake equation!

  6. Charlie,

    Great to read your Blog. Is Orbital still suporting the Kepler efffort, or has that contract expired. It was great while it lasted.

    Keep up the news.

    Burt Rosenthal

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