WISE: NASA’s Eye In The Infrared

This week NASA released this stunningly beautiful infrared image of the Pleiades passing through a cloud of dust.

The image was taken by WISE, the acronym for NASA’s Wide-field WISE_artist_concept_(PIA17254,_crop)Infrared Survey Explorer. WISE was launched in December of 2009. By early 2011 WISE had completed its initial mission of infrared mapping of the entire sky twice.

 

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Mars 2020 Rover: The search for life on Mars

NASA announced this week that the next Martian rover has passed its final development milestone. The design will be finalized and construction begun with a view to launching the rover in the summer of 2020 and landing on Mars in February 2021.

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