NASA astronomy satellite system "Kepler", designed to search for extrasolar planets, which account for a lot of high-profile discoveries failed. This may force the experts turn the scientific program, which costs $ 650 million, according to space agency.
According to the U.S. space agency, a computer installed aboard the "Kepler", went alone into safe mode even on 12 May. This is due, perhaps, with a turn of the orbital observatory in an unexpected direction. All attempts to establish a working mechanism, as reported by the scientists have not yielded positive results. Engineers until the end of May 15 to regain control of "Kepler" has failed.
The telescope is moved by the right of 4 heavy flywheels. One of the devices stopped working last year, in July, the other went down the day before. The remaining two flywheels, as it turned out, not enough for normal telescope.
The loss of "Kepler" for science has become quite obvious, as the researchers note. And even if the system failed to renew, repair the unit itself would not work, because it is a telescope orbiting the Sun at a distance from Earth of about 40 million kilometers.
"Of course, for a project that is very sad news. Until now he was passing brilliantly and gave us hope for many discoveries. Completing the project, we are not ready yet, but we are extremely pleased with its results in any case," - said John Grunsfeld, deputy head of NASA’s science.