"We're looking for ideas for science you might do with the Kepler mission that you might not be able to easily do from the ground," he said. "Maybe it could be used to find near-Earth asteroids, giving us a different perspective than we get from the ground."
Borucki said that he expects that Kepler could be used to search for asteroids, comets or supernovas.
"We have no way of knowing yet which of these missions would be practical," he added.
Other than the malfunctioning wheels, Kepler appears to be in solid working order, according to Sobeck. "Something might fail but there's nothing on the horizon that looks like it's marginally degrading," he added.
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