NASA set to reveal ‘exciting’ moon discovery


Washington, October 26 (IANS): If you’re a science buff, get ready to receive some exciting news about NASA’s mysterious moon discovery on Monday.

The U.S. space agency said the discovery of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will be revealed in a media conference call at 12 noon EDT (9:30 pm India time) on Monday.

This new discovery comes as NASA prepares to send the first woman and the next man to the lunar surface in 2024.

NASA aims to return humans to the Moon in preparation for its next giant leap – human exploration of Mars as early as 2030.

“This new discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration,” the US space agency said in a statement.

Understanding the science of the Moon also helps to piece together the broader history of the inner solar system, he added.

As the largest airborne observatory in the world, SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that flies high in the atmosphere to provide its nearly three-meter telescope with a clear view of the universe and objects in our solar system.

Flying above 99 percent of the water vapor that obscures the atmosphere, SOFIA observes at infrared wavelengths and can detect phenomena impossible to see with visible light.

A joint project by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, SOFIA made its first flight in 2007.


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