NASA announces new mission to measure interstellar cosmic material

NASA announces new mission to measure interstellar cosmic material

U.S. space agency NASA has announced a new mission to measure cosmic material in between stars to help astronomers determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in the Milky Way.

Led by Christopher Walker of the University of Arizona, a team of scientists will fly an Ultra-long Duration Balloon equipped with a telescope and carbon, oxygen & nitrogen emission line detectors.

The Galactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO) mission will provide the first –of-its-kind complete study of all phases of life cycle in our galaxy.

It will provide scientists with a spectral and spiral resolution of information, which will help scientists unravel the intricacy of the interstellar medium.

Paul Hertz, director of astrophysics division in the Washington-based Science Mission Directorate, said, “GUSTO will provide the first complete study of all phases of the stellar life cycle, from the formation of molecular clouds, through star birth and evolution, to the formation of gas clouds and the re-initiation of the cycle.”

A panel of NASA scientists reviewed a couple of mission concept studies picked from the eight proposals submitted in 2014, and the panel has now determined that GUSTO has the best potential for providing excellent science research with a viable development plan.

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