The K2 Mission: Characterization and Early Results

@article{Howell2014TheKM,
  title={The K2 Mission: Characterization and Early Results},
  author={Steve B. Howell and Charles K. Sobeck and Michael Haas and Martin D. Still and Thomas Barclay and Fergal Robert Mullally and John R. Troeltzsch and Suzanne Aigrain and Stephen T. Bryson and Douglas A. Caldwell and William J. Chaplin and William D. Cochran and Daniel Huber and Geoffrey W. Marcy and Andrea Miglio and Joan Rie Najita and Marcie Smith and Joseph D. Twicken and Jonathan J. Fortney},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
  year={2014},
  volume={126},
  pages={398 - 408}
}
  • S. HowellC. Sobeck J. Fortney
  • Published 20 February 2014
  • Physics, Geology
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The K2 mission will make use of the Kepler spacecraft and its assets to expand upon Kepler’s groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of exoplanets and astrophysics through new and exciting observations. K2 will use an innovative way of operating the spacecraft to observe target fields along the ecliptic for the next 2–3 years. Early science commissioning observations have shown an estimated photometric precision near 400 ppm in a single 30 minute observation, and a 6-hr photometric precision… 

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