The Kepler Space Telescope is once again ready to embark on a new observation campaign, the 19th to be conducted during its current mission, reports Space.
The planet-finding telescope has recently woken up from yet another programmed slumber and is already scouring the skies in search for new exoplanets. According to NASA, Kepler began collecting data for Campaign 19 on August 29, after the veteran telescope took a short break from work to save up on fuel.
As the Inquisitr recently reported, NASA's planet seeker was placed in a sort of "nap mode" in early July, due to concerns that its dwindling fuel reserves wouldn't last long enough for the telescope to beam back the data gathered during Campaign 18.
After napping for four weeks, Kepler woke up on August 2 and started downloading its data to Earth soon after that — a process that was successfully completed on August 9, notes NASA's Kepler & K2 Science Center.
The Campaign 18 data is currently available online on the telescope's archive at MAST.
Once the data was safely transmitted back to Earth, Kepler went back to sleep, NASA announced in an August 24 update, and woke up again a few days later, ready to get its science on.