NASA uses football field-sized balloon to launch new telescope ‘PICTURE-C’ : 03.10.2019

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Points to Remember:

  • NASA has launched a new planet-hunting telescope using a giant balloon, about the size of an entire football field.
  • The telescope, built by US’ University of Massachusetts Lowell, will help seek out planets that resemble Earth from a height of around 38 kilometres above Earth’s surface.
  • NASA is funding the project via a $5.6 million, five-year grant for the university.
  • Known as “PICTURE-C,” which stands for Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment-Coronagraph, the telescope weighs 1,500 pounds and is about 14 feet long and 3 feet wide.

About NASA:

  • Formed: July 29, 1958
  • Headquarters: Two Independence Square, Washington, D.C.,United States
  • Motto: For the Benefit of All
  • Administrator: Jim Bridenstine
  • Deputy Administrator: James Morhard
  • Chief Financial Officer: Jeff DeWit
Important Possible questions based on above News:
  1. Which space agency has launched a new planet-hunting telescope using a giant balloon, about the size of an entire football field? NASA
  2. What is the name of a NASA’s new telescope to observe planets similar to Earth, using a giant, football field-sized helium balloon? PICTURE-C (Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment-Coronagraph)
  3. NASA’s telescope “PICTURE-C”, which is in news recently, is designed and built by: University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

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