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Abstract: The Kepler Mission, launched on Mar 6, 2009 was designed with the explicitcapability to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of solar-likestars using the transit photometry method. Results from just forty-three daysof data along with ground-based follow-up observations have identified five newtransiting planets with measurements of their masses, radii, and orbitalperiods. Many aspects of stellar astrophysics also benefit from the unique,precise, extended and nearly continuous data set for a large number and varietyof stars. Early results for classical variables and eclipsing stars show greatpromise. To fully understand the methodology, processes and eventually theresults from the mission, we present the underlying rationale that ultimatelyled to the flight and ground system designs used to achieve the exquisitephotometric performance. As an example of the initial photometric results, wepresent variability measurements that can be used to distinguish dwarf starsfrom red giants.



Author: David G. Koch, William J. Borucki, Gibor Basri, Natalie M. Batalha, Timothy M. Brown, Douglas Caldwell, Joergen Christensen-Dalsg

Source: https://arxiv.org/



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