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NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

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WISE spacecraft

This artist's concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEO

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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