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

Transition of User Support to the NASA Archives

User support and news updates have transitioned to the NASA Astrophysics archives that host Kepler and K2 data — the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI). Below are ways to get updates from each archive, where to find useful information, and how to contact …

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MAST creates Kepler and K2 software page

The Milkulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) has created a page listing software related to the Kepler and K2 missions. The page includes a listing of software package, a brief description, the author(s), a link to the repository, and any associated references and/or documentation.

https://archive.stsci.edu …

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PNGs for K2 FFIs available at MAST

The K2 mission has created static PNG images for all of the K2 Full-Field Images (FFIs) from each campaign. These images have a flux scaling designed to highlight features that are likely to be of interest to users of the science data, such as bleed trails and reflections from bright …

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MAST makes Kepler data available on AWS

The Milkulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) has made data from the Kepler mission available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The available data products include light curve files, target pixel files, and full frame images for all 17 quarters of Kepler observations. Access to this resource is also available through …

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K2 Campaigns 8 and 10 reprocessed

Almost two years ago we announced that we were undertaking an effort to reprocess campaigns 0–14 using the same version of the Kepler/K2 pipeline used for C15 and subsequent campaigns. This version introduced several new features and improvements, such as more sophisticated pixel calibration, better identification of spacecraft …

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MAST creates Kepler and K2 documentation pages

The Milkulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) has created two pages dedicated to organizing Kepler and K2 mission documents.

Documents are organized into groups, listing the title of each document that links to the PDF, a brief description of its content/purpose, and citation information.

Users are likely to find …

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K2 Campaigns 6 and 7 reprocessed

A year ago we announced that we were undertaking an effort to reprocess campaigns 0–14 using the same version of the Kepler/K2 pipeline used for C15 and subsequent campaigns. This version introduced several new features and improvements, such as more sophisticated pixel calibration, better identification of spacecraft pointing …

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