KEPLER: Search for earth-size planets in the habitable zone

William Borucki, David Koch, Natalie Batalha, Douglas Caldwell, Jorgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, William D. Cochran, Edward Dunham, Thomas N. Gautier, John Geary, Ronald Gilliland, Jon Jenkins, Hans Kjeldsen, Jack J. Lissauer, Jason Rowe

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The Kepler Mission is a space-based mission whose primary goal is to determine the frequency of Earth-size and larger planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars. The mission will monitor more than 100,000 stars for patterns of transits with a differential photometric precision of 20 ppm at V = 12 for a 6.5 hour transit. It will also provide asteroseismic results on several thousand dwarf stars. It is specifically designed to continuously observe a single field of view of greater than 100 square degrees for 3.5 or more years. This paper provides a short overview of the mission, a brief history of the mission development, expected results, new investigations by the recently chosen Participating Scientists, and the plans for the Guest Observer and Astrophysical Data Programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS253
StatePublished - May 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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