NASA is planning to launch a new telescope in 2023, and it will truly be a revolutionary tool. According to researchers, the telescope should help them answer the most important questions about the origins of the universe.
The name of the telescope is the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission. It should offer answers to old mysteries, such as the origins of the universe. It should also help identify the elements of the Milky Way Galaxy and elucidate several other mysteries.
“This amazing mission will be a treasure trove of unique data for astronomers. It will deliver an unprecedented galactic map containing ‘fingerprints’ from the first moments in the universe’s history. And we’ll have new clues to one of the greatest mysteries in science: What made the universe expand so quickly less than a nanosecond after the big bang?” declared Thomas Zurburchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
Gathering data from numerous galaxies
According to NASA scientists, the SPHEREx will be able to get data from more than 300 million galaxies and 100 million stars and it will be able to observe the data as well. This represents a huge improvement and it should be incredibly helpful for scientists.
“Not only does it expand the United States’ powerful fleet of space-based missions dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of the universe, but it is also a critical part of a balanced science program that includes missions of various sizes. I’m incredibly excited about this new mission,” declared Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator.
The telescope will cost $242 million and after it is launched in 2023, the mission should spend around two years in space.
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