Kepler Database Now Open To The Public

SPACE (1/22, Kramer) reports, “Scientists with NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft have revamped the mission’s online archive of alien worlds, opening up the database for the entire world to see.” With the “NASA Exoplanet Archive” now available to the public, “scientists have started shoveling out all the data Kepler collects into a comprehensive list” instead of waiting until candidates are confirmed to be made public. Kepler mission team member Steve Howell said, “I don’t see any downside” with this decision. This “new ‘open’ attitude toward data release is giving everybody, not just members of the scientific community, a chance to do some hands-on scientific research by building their own experiments, Howell said.”