It will be one of the most technically complex spacecraft NASA has ever launched, but its mission is pretty straight-forward—an unblinking look for Earth-like planets orbiting 100,000 Sun-like stars deep in the Milky Way. Named for Johannes Kepler, the 17th-century mathematician and astronomer who first described the laws of planetary motion, the mission is due for a night liftoff on Mar. 5 on a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7925-10L from Cape Canaveral. Built by Ball Aerospace, ...

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