NASA has posted a great video about WISE, its Wide-field Infrared Explorer, scheduled to launch Monday, Dec. 14.
According to NASA, WISE will scan the entire sky in infrared light with a sensitivity hundreds of times greater than ever before (the video includes specifics), picking up the glow of hundreds of millions of objects and producing millions of images.
NASA says the mission will uncover objects never seen before, including the coolest stars, the universe’s most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Delta II rocket, was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, but was delayed because of an issue with a booster steering engine, NASA said.
NASA TV is covering the liftoff, scheduled for 6:09:33 a.m. (California time).
View the coverage on NASA TV here.
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