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    Exclamation Presto (settembre) verrà riattivata la sonda WISE con compiti di ricerca di NEO

    Un'ottima notizia!
    Riporto dal sito del JPL; forse andava meglio in NEWS, ma è pertinente anche qui.
    Se lo desiderate, posso tradurla in italiano (per i francofoni etc).


    WISE reactivated to hunt for asteroids

    The spacecraft will assist in efforts to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions.

    By Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. —

    Published: August 22, 2013


    A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions.

    The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) will be revived next month with the goal of discovering and characterizing near-Earth objects (NEOs), space rocks that can be found orbiting within 28 million miles (45 million kilometers) of Earth’s path around the Sun. NASA anticipates WISE will use its 16-inch (40 centimeters) telescope and infrared cameras to discover about 150 previously unknown NEOs and characterize the size, albedo, and thermal properties of about 2,000 others, including some that could be candidates for the agency’s recently announced asteroid initiative.

    “The WISE mission achieved its mission’s goals and as NEOWISE extended the science even further in its survey of asteroids. NASA is now extending that record of success, which will enhance our ability to find potentially hazardous asteroids and support the new asteroid initiative,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington, D.C. “Reactivating WISE is an excellent example of how we are leveraging existing capabilities across the agency to achieve our goal.”

    NASA’s asteroid initiative will be the first mission to identify, capture, and relocate an asteroid. It represents an unprecedented technological feat that will lead to new scientific discoveries and technological capabilities that will help protect our home planet. The asteroid initiative brings together the best of NASA’s science, technology, and human exploration efforts to achieve President Obama’s goal of sending humans to an asteroid by 2025.

    Launched in December 2009 to look for the glow of celestial heat sources from asteroids, stars, and galaxies, WISE made about 7,500 images every day during its primary mission from January 2010 to February 2011. As part of a project called NEOWISE, the spacecraft made the most accurate survey to date of NEOs. NASA turned most of WISE’s electronics off when it completed its primary mission.

    “The data collected by NEOWISE two years ago have proven to be a gold mine for the discovery and characterization of the NEO population,” said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s NEOWISE program executive in Washington, D.C. “It is important that we accumulate as much of this type of data as possible while the WISE spacecraft remains a viable asset.”

    Because asteroids reflect but do not emit visible light, infrared sensors are a powerful tool for discovering, cataloging, and understanding the asteroid population. Depending on an object’s reflectivity, or albedo, a small light-colored space rock can look the same as a big dark one. As a result, data collected with optical telescopes using visible light can be deceiving.

    During 2010, NEOWISE observed about 158,000 rocky bodies out of approximately 600,000 known objects. Discoveries included 21 comets, more than 34,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and 135 near-Earth objects.

    The WISE prime mission was to scan the entire celestial sky in infrared light. It captured more than 2.7 million images in multiple infrared wavelengths and cataloged more than 560 million objects in space, ranging from faraway galaxies to asteroids and comets much closer to Earth.

    “The team is ready, and after a quick checkout, we’re going to hit the ground running,” said Amy Mainzer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “NEOWISE not only gives us a better understanding of the asteroids and comets we study directly, but it will help us refine our concepts and mission operation plans for future space-based near-Earth object cataloging missions.”
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    Re: Presto (settembre) verrà riattivata la sonda WISE con compiti di ricerca di NEO

    buona notizia!
    Più che dare risposte sensate, una mente scientifica formula domande sensate (C.L.Strauss)

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    Re: Presto (settembre) verrà riattivata la sonda WISE con compiti di ricerca di NEO

    Il 3 ottobre scorso il telescopio è stato orientato verso lo spazio profondo (cioè con la Terra alle spalle), dove verrà mantenuto costantemente allo scopo di raffreddare il più possibile i rilevatori. Ci vorranno tre o quattro mesi per raggiungere la temperatura di esercizio, pari a -198 °C. Il prossimo anno potranno così ricominciare le operazioni scientifiche.

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    Re: Presto (settembre) verrà riattivata la sonda WISE con compiti di ricerca di NEO

    Il 29 dicembre è stato scoperto il primo asteroide della nuova missione NEOWISE. Denominato 2013 YP139, ha una dimensione di circa 650 metri.

    http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/neowise/aste.../#.UsxXpbu9LCR

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