RIP, Kepler: 5 things to know about NASA's retired space telescope

CREDIT: NASA/Wendy Stenzel/Daniel Rutter

NASA has officially retired one of its most successful space telescopes, Kepler. After nearly a decade in space photographing the stars, the telescope has left a space legacy that has seen it observe thousands of stars and confirm thousands of planets. 

According to NASA, the telescope did far more than what it first expected of the device, expanding our knowledge of life, the universe and everything... you get the idea. 

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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of 

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