NASA has a Surprise
NASA plans to unveil their plans about a mysterious new science result related to the moon on October 26 i.e. Monday and wants us to be excited about the discovery.
The news conference planned at 12 PM EDT (1600 GMT) needs to be watched for more details on Monday that would be broadcasted live on the official page of the NASA website.
An exciting discovery about the moon was promised by an official statement of NASA which announced the news conference and references were attached clearing ambitions of NASA to land astronauts under the Artemis program at the moon’s the South Pole in 2024. SOFIA which is an abbreviation of Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy which will account for the discovery that is going to be unveiled tomorrow, SOFIA made its first flight in 2007 which was under a German-American partnership.
SOFIA: Astronomy Facility
SOFIA is an astronomy facility with non-ordinary features like it is packed into a modified 747 jet that carries its instruments up above most of Earth’s atmosphere with a simple task of changing the ground-based observation. Some of the advantages of both ground-based and space-based observations are perched by SOFIA on a jet that offers relatively easy upgrade but circumvents that atmospheric interference.
According to NASA, during each of the 10-hour flight of the observatory, observation of a specific patch of the sky becomes easier due to the reason of observatory flying like a plane. The focus of SOFIA is on the Infrared light by analyzing objects in our solar system as well as in other galaxies.
Monday Conference with 4 Speakers
Project scientists for the SOFIA mission, Naseem Rangwala at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California will one of the four speakers at tomorrow’s conference, will be joined by the leader of NASA’s astrophysics division i.e. Paul Hertz, along with chief exploration scientists for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Jacob Bleacher and a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Casey Honniball.
SOFIA Faced Problems
SOFIA had a rest period for a long time as it landed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and resumed its flights in mid-August and according to NASA science is itself new. NASA has experienced difficulties with SOFIA in the budgetary process over the past decade as cancellation of the project has been repeatedly selected as per the request of the presidential budget but somehow Congress has been reinstating the project each time.