NASA to wake hibernating telescope for asteroid mission

08/21/2013 | Reuters

NASA's dormant Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer will get a new lease on life searching for asteroids, officials say. The space telescope was launched in 2009 as part of a sky-mapping mission, and shut down when the mission ended in early 2011. NASA will reboot it as part of a three-year program to search for asteroids that might be on a collision course with Earth.

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