Brake for dreamers

Before we begin to imagine how people send mission to Kepler 452b and land based colony similar to the popular sci-fi movie “Interstelar” we need to consider once again a very small detail. Exoplanet is located 1,400 light-years from the solar system. One light year equals approximately 9 trillion kilometers. To give a clear example of the expedition to Pluto New Horizons lasted about nine years as a dwarf planet in our solar system was relatively nearby part of its orbit – that distant little less than 5 billion. Km. The probe was traveling with about 84 thousand. Km / h. So even if you do spaceship to move 100 thousand. Km / h, would require about 10 thousand. Years to travel one light year. To travel 1400 spacecraft will take about 14 million. Years.

But even soon be invented any way for space travel at a speed greater than the speed of light, it should not forget one another. They do not have small chances Kepler 452b be just a larger version of Venus – volcanic desert planet. Or scientists may have found a gas giant that can not pinpoint because of the large distance. So even if we could send a mission to the exoplanet results may not meet expectations. The same happened with the main characters in “Interstelar” in the search for a planet on which to evacuate humanity from waste ground.

More adaptive managed

Scientists have made enormous efforts in order to make the telescope Kepler mission. First, it is located in orbit around the Sun, it is remote enough not to affect the gravitational forces of the Earth, but should our planet can not be too far from it. In 2012, one of the four inertial wheel telescope damaged. These are mechanical devices that are used for controlling the orbit without using fuel engines. The loss of one of them was fatal to the mission, but in May 2013 damaged a second, which reduces the number of workers inertial two wheels. Six months scientists are working feverishly to figure out a way to rescue the mission failure. And reach brilliant idea. They use waves of solar photons to hold steady telescope in space. Situated in the right way to catch them, solar photons stabilize it and thus achieving a balanced state. The task of scientists from NASA to maintain by the other two wheels inertial position of the camera in order to capture photons hem of the sun in solar panels, yet they do not fall into the lens and the sensitive electronics of the telescope. The plan succeeds both Kepler continues shooting cosmic sky and look for planets that are close by features on Earth.