Hey Space Placers!
NASA is bringing back into service the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft to start a three-year mission dedicated to finding new asteroids and Near Earth Objects (NEOs). WISE will also perform observations using its’ 16-inch telescopes and instruments to study already known asteroids and NEOs.
The goal is to find potentially dangerous space rocks AND find suitable candidates for NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Initiative. Work to bring WISE back on line will start in September and observations will begin after checkout.
Read More About It: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-257
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