After months of trying to fix the Kepler space telescope’s positioning mechanism, NASA officials said Thursday they are giving up, meaning the mission’s planet-hunting days are most likely over.
NASA scientists are holding out hope that some other scientific use can be made of the spacecraft, calling on the scientific community to send ideas about how it can be repurposed. But the telescope will be best known for the way it has profoundly altered our sense of place in the universe. Kepler found 135 confirmed planets circling other stars, and several thousand planet candidates, including the first Earth-sized worlds found outside our solar system. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.