The mission of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope research program sounds simple: to explore the Milky Way galaxy and find other habitable planets. In some ways, it's the real version of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s mission -- to find new worlds and seek out new life, or at least a place we can move once we’ve outgrown the blue planet. Read my Geekend post, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope searches for habitable planets, for details about some of the Kepler Space Telescope's recent findings.
This gallery features images from the Kepler Space Telescope, as well as images from other space telescopes -- specifically, Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer -- that offer valuable insight into the Kepler research project's objective.
"Kepler’s Supernova" was viewed by astrologist Johannes Kepler on October 9, 1604. NASA was able to study the remnants of this supernova using optical, infrared, and x-ray light.
Image credit: NASA