NASA’s ‘ASTHROS’ Mission

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has started work on a new mission to send a telescope, on a football stadium-sized balloon, high into the stratosphere.
  • The telescope mission called Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths (ASTHROS) is likely to be launched in December 2023 from Antarctica.


Aim of the Mission

  • To observe far-infrared light, or light with wavelengths much longer than what is visible to the human eye.
  • The mission will try to find answers about formation of giant stars in the galaxy.

Source : Civil Services Chronicle Online, July, 2020