Saturday, June 28, 2008

3Par deep storage picked for Kepler

New photos, encompassing nearly 100,000 stars each and shot by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, will be stored on the system, purchased by NASA's Ames Research Center for the project.

Every half hour, starting with Kepler's February 2009 planned launch, a new high-resolution photo will be transmitted via NASA's Deep Space Network to a 3Par storage server in Mountain View, where it will become available for study by the project's scientific team.

By comparing the brightness of stars dimmed at times by interceding planets in their orbit, NASA scientists expect to identify and learn about new and possibly habitable earth-like planets.

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