Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Launched: NASA Telescope on Balloon

NASA Launches Telescope-Toting Balloon from Antarctica on Christmas

Date: 26 December 2012 Time: 09:52 AM ET
NASA's balloon-carried BLAST telescope is hoisted into launch position on Dec. 25, 2012, at McMurdo Station in Antarctica
NASA's balloon-carried BLAST sub-millimeter telescope is hoisted into launch position on Dec. 25, 2012, at McMurdo Station in Antarctica on a mission to peer into the cosmos.
CREDIT: NASA/Wallops Flight Facility
A giant helium balloon is slowly drifting above Antarctica, about 22 miles (36 kilometers) up. Launched on Tuesday (Dec. 25) from the National Science Foundation's Long Duration Balloon (LDB) facility on Earth's southernmost continent, it carries a sensitive telescope that measures submillimeter light waves from stellar nurseries in our Milky Way.

"Christmas launch!" wrote officials with NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, which oversees the agency's balloon research program, in a Twitter post yesterday. "BLAST launched today from McMurdo Station, Antarctica."

This is the fifth and final mission for BLAST, short for the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope, and mission designers hope it will reveal why so few stars are born in our galaxy.

More - Link >>> http://www.space.com/19030-nasa-telescope-christmas-balloon-launch.html

Source: Space.com .

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