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.
- 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:
- Which space agency has launched a new planet-hunting telescope using a giant balloon, about the size of an entire football field? NASA
- 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)
- NASA’s telescope “PICTURE-C”, which is in news recently, is designed and built by: University of Massachusetts Lowell