Powered by Bsbtuam!

Corning donates $1.8M in mirror components for private space telescope – National

Posted on 23/10/2018 | in 杭州夜生活 | by

ALBANY, N.Y. – Corning Inc. has donated $1.8 million in high-tech components for a telescope a private group wants to launch into space.

The not-for-profit BoldlyGo Institute wants to put its ASTRO-1 telescope in orbit by the mid-2020s. Obtaining the components for a roughly 1.8-metre telescope primary mirror will significantly contribute to the ambitious goal, the group said Tuesday in announcing the donation.

Story continues below

HangZhou Night Net

Related

  • Hubble captures image of 10,000 galaxies in unprecedented colour

  • Telescope photographs ring around star

  • Hubble photographs one of galaxy’s oldest star clusters

The institute is beginning to raise cash and material for the project, which its CEO, Jon Morse, hopes will cost “well under” $1 billion.

READ MORE: Space telescope spies water plumes on dwarf planet Ceres

“This is a huge step forward that allows us to hit the ground running as we raise additional resources,” said Morse, a former director of astrophysics at NASA Headquarters.

The institute was formed last fall to increase the number and variety of space science mission through private funding. The ASTRO-1 space telescope would be used to study planets orbiting nearby stars, as well as the Milky Way and other galaxies. Morse said the telescope would have 10 times the field of view of the Hubble Space Telescope and could be used for exploration years from now when Hubble stops working well.

The group, whose board includes members with links to NASA, also wants to fund an unmanned trip to Mars.

READ MORE: In photos – Hubble begins its 25th year in space

“We all recognize, having worked in NASA, that there are not enough resources to pursue all the great ideas that are out there, so we’re hoping to help build out the portfolio through private funding,” Morse said.

The components donated by the Corning, New York-based specialty glass maker had been intended for a NASA program that was cancelled. Corning declined to specify the project, citing customer confidentiality.

Corning has produced window glass for NASA’s manned spacecraft missions and the International Space Station. It also produced the Hubble Space Telescope’s primary mirror.

Company officials said the donation is part of Corning’s continued support of space exploration.

“The work of the BoldlyGo Institute and the ASTRO-1 space telescope will continue this critical research for another generation, and we are proud to support it,” Curt Weinstein, a Corning vice-president and general manager, said in a statement.

©2014The Canadian Press

Comments are closed.

Recent Posts

Default utility Image Veteran shipbuilder: Province taking ownership of Bluenose II a ‘big mistake’ – Halifax

HALIFAX – The Bluenose II has been formally handed over...

Default utility Image As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious – National

WASHINGTON – After a grim start to 2014, the U.S....

Default utility Image Corning donates $1.8M in mirror components for private space telescope – National

ALBANY, N.Y. – Corning Inc. has donated $1.8 million in...

Default utility Image U.S. skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds – National

WASHINGTON – Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the...

Default utility Image Top 10 restaurants for outdoor dining in Calgary

CALGARY – The last thing anyone wants on a hot summer...

Recent Posts

Default utility Image Default utility Image Default utility Image Default utility Image Default utility Image

Recent Posts

Default utility Image Veteran shipbuilder: Province taking ownership of Bluenose II a ‘big mistake’ – Halifax

HALIFAX – The Bluenose II has been formally handed over...

Default utility Image As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious – National

WASHINGTON – After a grim start to 2014, the U.S....

Default utility Image Corning donates $1.8M in mirror components for private space telescope – National

ALBANY, N.Y. – Corning Inc. has donated $1.8 million in...

Default utility Image U.S. skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds – National

WASHINGTON – Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the...

Default utility Image Top 10 restaurants for outdoor dining in Calgary

CALGARY – The last thing anyone wants on a hot summer...

Tag Cloud