NASA’s scientifically productive and publicly popular Kepler mission, launched three years ago to seek evidence for Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, was one of nine maturing astrophysics programs that won endorsement for an extension this week, following an agency sponsored Senior Review Committee evaluation. But the 2012 Science Review of Operating Missions in the NASA Astrophysics Division included a stern note for the all-stars as well: cut ...


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