Kepler Telescope Resumes Operations

SPACE (1/30, Wall) reports, “NASA’s Kepler space telescope has resumed its search for alien planets after resting for 10 days to work out kinks in its attitude control system, mission officials announced” yesterday. The telescope came out of safe mode on Sunday, although “it will take time to determine if the problem is solved.” Kepler mission manager Roger Hunter wrote in an update, “The spacecraft responded well to commands and transitioned from thruster control to reaction wheel control as planned. … Over the next month, the engineering team will review the performance of reaction wheel #4 before, during and after the safe mode to determine the efficacy of the rest operation.”