Science Processing Support for the Extended Kepler Mission

Grant #: NNX13AD16A
Senior Scientist: Jeffrey Smith


In December 2001, Kepler became the 10th mission selected for flight by NASA’s Discovery Program, and the first such oriented to achieve goals under NASA’s Origins theme. The Kepler Mission seeks to determine the prevalence of Earth-size and larger planets orbiting solar-like stars in the solar neighborhood, and to characterize the stellar properties favoring the development of planetary systems. It achieves this goal through transit photometry by monitoring ~156,000 main-sequence stars continuously and simultaneously for at least 3 1/2 years, to detect signatures of transiting planets in the flux time series of their host stars. In April 2012, the NASA Astrophysics Senior Review recommended extending Kepler for an additional 4 years of science operations, through September 2016. This proposal seeks to support the operation and evolution of the science pipeline to support Kepler’s Extended Mission