Space Telescope Reawakened for an Asteroid Hunt
After the WISE telescope used up the coolant needed to operate its detectors, its primary mission as an infrared survey telescope ended. NASA’s Amy Mainzer describes how the agency is repurposing the dormant craft for a new three-year mission looking for near-Earth asteroids. Astronomer Brett Gladman also discusses a newly spotted asteroid-like object leading Uranus.
Amy Mainzer is principal investigator of the NEOWISE Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasedena, California.
Brett Gladman is a professor in the department of astronomy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia.