22 August 2013
NASA announced Wednesday it will reactivate the WISE telescope in September for a three-year mission to search for potentially dangerous asteroids on a collision course with Earth. The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, telescope also will hunt for suitable targets for a future mission to send a robotic spacecraft to rendezvous with a small asteroid and relocate all or part of it into an orbit around the moon. Astronauts would then visit the relocated asteroid during a test flight of NASA's deep-space Orion capsule, scheduled for launch around 2021. Orion and a heavy-lift rocket called the Space Launch System are slated for an unmanned debut test flight in 2017. (Image Credit: NASA)
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