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Departmental Colloquium

The NASA Kepler Mission  
Guest Speaker
Roger Hunter  
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NASA Ames Research Center  
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Robin Shelton  
Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Physics Auditorium 202  

NASA’s Kepler Mission spacecraft was launched in March 2009.  Its chief science objective is to answer some ancient questions:  How rare is the Earth?  What fraction of stars in our galaxy harbor potentially habitable planets?  The answers to these questions may offer a profound understanding on whether life is widespread in the galaxy or whether we are possibly alone.  I will present an overview of the Kepler Mission, its science objectives, the results discovered so far, and the expectations for the mission.