Private Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope to Launch in 2017

“A private space telescope mission that aims to discover 500,000 near-Earth asteroids is technically sound and on track for a 2017 launch, a review panel says.

The mission design and implementation plans for the Sentinel Space Telescope — which is being put together by the nonprofit B612 Foundation and its partner Ball Aerospace — are solid, according to the panel, which is called the Sentinel Special Review Team.”

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Source: Live Science

Airborne Observatory Views Star Forming Region | SpaceRef – Your Space Reference

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a modified Boeing 747SP, equipped with a 2.5-metre-diameter telescope.

Researchers at NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Center, located at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and operated by the Universities Space Research Association, have used the space agency’s flying telescope to take the highest resolution mid-infrared image of a region of rapid, massive star formation named W40. More…

IT IS Big, EXTREMELY Big

ESO announce on the 26th of April the site for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The chosen site will be Cerro Armazones is a mountain at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,060 meters) in the central part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, and about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

The E-ELT will be 42 meters (138 feet) in diameter, which make it the biggest telescope on earth. Final approval is expected by the end of 2010 and first-light 2018. If you have seen the any of the specials on telescopes Like the one on the 200 Palomar telescope a few months back or the 2 Nova specials celebrating 400 years of the telescope. You will realize the achievement that the sucessful complete of this telescope and mirror will be. The mirror will be made up of 984 smaller segments.

Artist Concept of the Exterior
Artist Concept Telescope
Cerro Armazones, altitude of 10,000 feet

Spotted this on Astronomy.com

Canada Plays a Key Role in Two New Cosmic Origins Missions

Found this a couple of minutes ago. It is a news release about Canada’s involvement in two new astronomy missions in space.

Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory and Planck space telescope were successfully launched simultaneously at 9:12 a.m. Eastern today aboard the same Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. With funding from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), four Canadian science teams made important contributions to both satellites, considered to be two of the most ambitious missions seeking to better understand the birth of stars and the dawn of the Universe. While the Herschel and Planck satellites are two separate missions, both contribute to enhance their respective research areas in far-infrared astronomy and cosmology.