So what is Kepler? In simple terms, it's a giant light meter -- made up of a telescope, a "camera," and various electronics -- that stands on a spacecraft base while nestled in a wraparound solar array (which powers the setup).
Here's a model of Kepler, from the 2007 SETI meeting mentioned in slide number two. Note the foil-wrapped light meter (or "photometer"), the putty-colored spacecraft base, and the wraparound solar array.
May 19, 2013 12:01 AM PDT
Photo by: James Martin/CNET
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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