Daily Archives: January 18, 2013

  • Grease those wheels!

    Bad news for exoplanet lovers: Kepler is in trouble. There are gyroscopic wheels that help point the spacecraft towards its target stars (and planets!), and one of them is experiencing too much friction. They tried a few remedies, but none of them seemed to get rid of it. So now they’ve put the spacecraft in “safe mode” in hopes that a little rest will do it some good. (There’s a joke in there somewhere about my knees and ankles after a game of basketball.) If this doesn’t work, the team will likely have to try more drastic measures that could