Ames Kepler mission news Kepler Mission Manager Update

It has been more than three-and-a-half-years since the Kepler mission launched in March 2009. The spacecraft has continued in its heliocentric, drift-away orbit and is now more than 45 million miles away from Earth. The Kepler project team has completed two science data downloads since the last update. The most recent data download on Jan. 11, 2013 included a quarterly roll to winter attitude. This marked the successful completion of Quarter 15 flight operations and the beginning of Quarter 16.