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NASA's Kepler Probe Unexpectedly Powers Down



    NASA's Kepler Probe Unexpectedly Powers Down
    An undated artists concept provided by NASA shows the Keplar Spacecraft moving through space. On April 10, 2016, NASA is trying to resuscitate its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, in a state of emergency 75 million miles away.

    A NASA space probe fell into a hibernation-like mode last week leaving scientists wondering why, NBC News reports. 

    Mission operations engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft went into emergency mode on Thursday, according the missions manager Charlie Sobeck. 

    Figuring out what happened will be difficult because Kepler is about 75 million miles from Earth.

    Kepler found the most Earth-like planet ever spotted — 1,400 light years from Earth. The probe has discovered more than 1,000 confirmed exoplanets and finished its original mission in 2012. Because of its success, it has been kept on duty studying astronomical objects.