NASA has recently done some research, and they have come to a great conclusion. They will tell us all about it at a news conference. They announced that they had made an exciting discovery about the moon with the help of the Artemis program, and we are excited to hear more about it!
In case you do not know, the Artemis program wants to send astronauts to the south pole of the moon by 2024. They are getting help from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
SOFIA is an astronomy facility that is basically an edited 747 jet that takes instruments above Earth’s atmosphere. SOFIA comes with a lot of benefits when it comes to both space and ground observations. It is very easy to upgrade, and it also avoids atmospheric interference. It is not complicated for SOFIA to take observations of various patches of the sky during the 10-hour flight. Its instruments are based on infrared light.
The project scientists for the SOFIA mission, Naseem Rangwala, will speak at the news conference. There will also be Paul Hertz, the leader of NASA’s astrophysics division, Casey Honniball, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist.
The science is new, but the observations are not. SOFIA was put out of work in mid-March because of the pandemic, and it started flying again in mid-August. And given the fact that it has been requested for the project to be canceled many times, it didn’t get the money it deserved – the budget was just too small. The presidential budget requests have selected the project for cancellation, but the Congress has re-established it each and every time.