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Ailing Space Telescope Getting 2nd Chance

After being declared inoperable last year, NASA’s planet-hunting space telescope Kepler has been given a second life. NASA said Friday that for the next two years, it will fund a mission for the telescope.  The new mission is known as K2 and will let the telescope continue to search for new exoplanets and active galaxies. Last year, NASA said the telescope had been crippled by the failure of a second mechanical reaction wheel that helps keep it pointed.  The telescope was...

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