STScI Joins the Search for Other Earths in Space

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., is partnering on a historic search for Earth-size planets around other stars. STScI is the data archive center for NASA’s Kepler mission, a spacecraft that is undertaking a survey for Earth-size planets in our region of the galaxy. The spacecraft sent its first raw science data to STScI on June 19.

STScI Joins the Search for Other Earths in Space

The Institute was the logical choice for storing the anticipated flood of data because its scientists have processed enough observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope over the past 19 years to fill almost two collections of material in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The Institute’s role is to convert the raw science data into files that can be analyzed by Kepler researchers and to store the files every three months in an archive.

[SOURCE: hubblesite.org]

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