KEPLER MISSION DESIGN, REALIZED PHOTOMETRIC PERFORMANCE, AND EARLY SCIENCE

@article{Koch2010KEPLERMD,
  title={KEPLER MISSION DESIGN, REALIZED PHOTOMETRIC PERFORMANCE, AND EARLY SCIENCE},
  author={David G. Koch and William J. Borucki and Gibor Basri and Natalie M. Batalha and Timothy M. Brown and Douglas A. Caldwell and J{\o}rgen Christensen-Dalsgaard and William D. Cochran and E. K. Devore and Edward Wood Dunham and Thomas Gautier and John Charles Geary and Ronald L. Gilliland and A. D. Gould and Jon M. Jenkins and Yoji Kondo and David W. Latham and Jack J. Lissauer and Geoffrey W. Marcy and David G. Monet and Dimitar D. Sasselov and Alan P. Boss and Donald Eugene Brownlee and J. Caldwell and Andrea K. Dupree and Steve B. Howell and Hans Kjeldsen and S{\o}ren Meibom and David R. Morrison and Tobias C. Owen and H. J. Reitsema and Jill Tarter and Stephen T. Bryson and Jessie L. Dotson and Paul R. Gazis and Michael R. Haas and Jeffrey J. Kolodziejczak and Jason F. Rowe and Jeffrey E. van Cleve and Christopher D.C. Allen and Hema Chandrasekaran and Bruce D. Clarke and Jie Li and Elisa V. Quintana and Peter Tenenbaum and Joseph D. Twicken and Hayley Wu},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  year={2010},
  volume={713},
  pages={L79 - L86}
}
The Kepler Mission, launched on 2009 March 6, was designed with the explicit capability to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars using the transit photometry method. Results from just 43 days of data along with ground-based follow-up observations have identified five new transiting planets with measurements of their masses, radii, and orbital periods. Many aspects of stellar astrophysics also benefit from the unique, precise, extended, and nearly continuous data… 

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