Kepler launch info

From: Greg Williams (k4hsm@knology.net)
Date: Fri Mar 06 2009 - 04:37:18 UTC

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    This upcoming Friday evening (3-6) United Launch Alliance is scheduled
    to launch the Kepler space observatory for NASA on a Delta II rocket
    (7925-10L configuration)  from SLC-17B, Cape Canaveral, Florida.
    
    Launch is scheduled for 10:49 p.m. EST. and another opportunity at 11:13
    p.m. EST.
    
    Kepler space observatory separation occurs approximately 62 minutes
    after liftoff.
    
    Kepler space observatory, named after Johannes Kepler, who was a German
    mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th
    century astronomical revolution.  The mission will watch a patch of
    space for 3.5 years or more for signs of Earth-sized planets moving
    around stars similar to the sun. The patch that Kepler will watch
    contains about 100,000 stars like the sun. Using special detectors
    similar to those used in digital cameras, Kepler will look for slight
    dimming in the stars as planets pass between the star and Kepler. The
    Kepler's place in space will allow it to watch the same stars constantly
    throughout its mission, something observatories like Hubble cannot do.
    
    
    Broadcast coverage:
    
    Coverage starts at 9pm EST.
    
    NASA TV MPEG2 available on AMC-6 at 72 W, transponder 17C (4040 V)
    SR: 26665  VPID: 273 APID: 276 PCR: 273 (public channel)
                VPID: 4145 APID: 4148 PCR: 4145 (media channel)
    
    NASA TV MPEG2 available on AMC-7 at 137 W, transponder 18 (4060 V)
    SR: 26665  VPID: 273 APID: 276 PCR: 273 (public channel)
                VPID: 4145 APID: 4148 PCR: 4145 (media channel)
    
    Don't have a dish? Webcast is available at:
    
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
    
    
    Additional coverage at:
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d339/status.html
    http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/next_launch.html
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html
    
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