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 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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Through the first decade of the 21st century efforts at observing what was happening at the high end of the electromagnetic spectrum in space were limited by the “seeing” power of the telescopes being used.
Here’s how energy across the electromagnetic spectrum maps out:
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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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