"Like with any stuck wheel ... we could try jiggling it, we could try commanding it back and forth in both directions, we can try forcing it through whatever the resistance is that's holding it up," said deputy project manager Charles Sobeck, who is also with Ames.
NASA expects it will take a few weeks to assess the options and decide what recovery attempts to make.
Not everyone was so optimistic, however.
"I think ‘The mission is not over' means ‘the mission is over.' Might be other things it can do. But, kids, I think the mission is over," astronomer Mike Brown, with the California Institute of Technology, wrote on Twitter.
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Just before Kepler's shutdown, another team of astronomers unveiled a new method to comb through Kepler data for planets that uses quirky aspects of Einstein's theory of relativity.
Though precise and repeated measurement of a star's light is still needed, the new technique looks for a slight brightening of light from target stars. Kepler data typically is analyzed for light dips as planets pass across the face of their parent stars, relative to Kepler's line of sight.