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NASA's precious $530m Kepler space telescope's exoplanet-hunting powers may have been destroyed by the failure of its gyroscopic stabilisers, but it turns out the craft is still capable of functioning as a useful astronomical instrument. Back in August, the Kepler mission solicited proposals for new science missions that would …

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A chance to observe a galactic Mr Creasote...

"Better get a bucket....."

Seriously this seems like a great dovetail, with the new mission nicely fitting it's (downgraded) capabilities.

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Sounds like the very definition of "non-essential"

So prepare for it to be defunded the next time the tea party is pissed.

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Searching for the invisible with the unserviceable.

This wouldn't be a government operation at all?

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