The engineers huddled around a telemetry screen, and the mood was tense. They were watching streams of data from a crippled spacecraft more than 50 million miles away -- so far that even at the speed of light, it took nearly nine minutes for a signal to travel to the spacecraft and back.
Searching for far out worlds
Design by community
For more information about the Kepler and K2 missions, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/kepler
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.