National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has taken a significant step closer to the launch of a satellite, which will search asteroids and comets potentially dangerous for the Earth.
According to an announcement made by NASA officials on June 17, the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Surveyor satellite telescope has entered the “Preliminary Design,” which is the next stage of the way to launch scheduled to take place in 2026.
The 6-meter long infrared telescope would locate asteroids and comets within 30 million miles from the Earth’s orbit. Thus, it would empower astronomers to take the necessary steps.
“NEO Surveyor will have the capability to rapidly accelerate the rate at which NASA is able to discover asteroids and comets that could pose a hazard to the Earth, and it is being designed to discover 90% of asteroids 140 meters (460 feet) in size or larger within a decade of being launched,” Mike Kelley, NEO Surveyor program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, said in a statement.