Don’t fear about the aliens   Leave a comment

Nasas latest space telescope will scan the sky in search of never-before-seen asteroids, comets, stars and galaxies, (and also keep a watch on aliens) with one of its main tasks to catalog objects posing a danger to Earth. The sky-mapping WISE, or Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, is scheduled to launch before dawn on Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast aboard a Delta 2 rocket.
If all goes as planned, WISE will orbit some 325 miles above the Earth and produce the most detailed map yet of the cosmos. It is designed to detect objects that give off infrared light or heat. Infrared light is ideal for uncovering dusty, cold and distant objects that often cant be seen by optical telescopes.
The mission is expected to find millions of hard-to-see objects, said principal investigator Edward Wright of the University of California, Los Angeles . Its really a mission to survey everything thats out there, Wright said. What were trying to do is make a map of the universe.
Scientists estimate it will take six months for WISE to peruse the entire sky. The spacecraft will circle the Earth 15 times a day and take about 7,500 images a day in four infrared wavelengths . WISE will catalog the locations and sizes of near-Earth objects such as asteroids and comets that could threaten Earth. The $320 million mission should help current and future spacecraft zero in on the most interesting objects for detailed studies.

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