NASA’s Stratospheric Balloon Mission Gets Telescope With Giant Mirror

NASA’s Stratospheric Balloon Mission Gets Telescope With Giant Mirror

Telescopes designed to operate in space have to be constructed differently than those meant to operate on the ground. But what about telescopes that operate in between? An upcoming NASA mission will use a balloon larger than a football field to send a telescope 130,000 feet (about 40,000 meters) above Antarctica. From that height, the […]

A New 10-Year Plan for the Cosmos

A New 10-Year Plan for the Cosmos

On astronomers’ wish list for the next decade: two giant telescopes and a space telescope to search for life and habitable worlds beyond Earth.