AUDIO Launch Specs (click arrow; 11 min.)
Image: Bill Hartenstein/United Launch Alliance
NASA's Whitney Clavin at JPL: WISE has Launched!
VIDEO: Short version Lift-Off ..NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) launched aboard a Delta II rocket from the Vandenberg AFB (California) 12/14/09: 9:09 EST.
Interesting WISE Mission Science Briefing...
Worth the View... Many interesting diagrams and perspectives.
The WISE spacecraft will circle Earth over the poles, scanning the entire sky one-and-a-half times in nine months. The mission will uncover hidden cosmic objects, including dark asteroids and the most luminous galaxies...
My comments: Extraordinary times... For now, Science departs from a "limited scope and politicalization" and emerges toward a new dimension of clearer understanding... We must strive toward broader Science.
Recent [asteroid events] prompt a closer monitor of potential activity... Today's Mission will provide us with a WIZE Eye, and confirm much of what 25 year old mapping has not detailed... Math tells us our position at the edge of an event horizon... And now, we'll map a greater sphere.
-Read NASA.gov. (more later)
Black Hole Found to Be Much Closer to Earth Than Previously Thought
Science Daily - December 14, 2009 Read.
Born in beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula Read.