The missions

Kepler & K2 provide long-baseline, high-precision photometry for exoplanet and astrophysics research.

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K2 observing

K2 is a community-driven mission: targets and funding are awarded through open calls for proposals.

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Data analysis

Pixel data, lightcurves, and analysis software are publicly available with no proprietary period.

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News for scientists


K2 Campaign 7 data available

Target pixel files for long and short cadence targets for K2 Campaign 7 are now available for download from the K2 data archive at MAST. Light curves are also available for long cadence targets.

In Campaign 7 there was a significant drop in the number of targets observed relative to ...

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Kepler recovered and K2 mission underway again

The Kepler spacecraft has officially been recovered since it was first discovered to be in Emergency Mode on April 7. Science operations are now resuming as planned, with K2 Campaign 9 beginning today, April 22. Campaign 9 involves the spacecraft looking toward the Galactic Center to primarily search for gravitational ...

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K2 Campaigns 11, 12 and 13 Director's Discretionary Targets Program

As in Cycle 3, the Guest Observer (GO) Office is providing a faster mechanism for headline astrophysics in K2 GO Cycle 4, via the Director's Discretionary Target (DDT) program. The purpose of the DDT program for K2 is to:

  • respond to targets of opportunity, e.g. newly discovered exoplanets ...
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K2 Special Session at #AAS228 on 13 Jun 2016

The K2 mission will have a special session at the 228th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) being held in San Diego, California this summer.

On Monday, 13 Jun 2016, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am in room "Indigo A" at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, we will ...

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Start of K2 Campaign 9 delayed

During a scheduled contact on Thursday, April 7, mission operations engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft was in Emergency Mode (EM). As a result, the start of K2 Campaign 9 is delayed.

Updates will be provided via the Mission Manager Updates.

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