5 August 2013

Call for White Papers: Soliciting Community Input for Alternate Science Investigations for the Kepler Spacecraft

Steve Howell NASA Ames Research Center

Kepler has had serious problems with two of its four reaction wheels, and these prevent it from continuing with its primary mission of searching for exoplanet transits. Efforts to understand and mitigate the hardware problems continue.

The purpose of this Call for White Papers is to solicit community input for alternate science investigations that may be performed using Kepler and are consistent with its probable two-wheel performance. The Call includes summary information on the Kepler instrumentation, the likely capability in two-wheel mode, URLs with further information, and instructions on submission of white papers.

You can download the Call for White Papers from the Exoplanet Exploration Program's home page.

The due date for white papers is 3 September 2013.