The asteroid hunter
Canadian scientists are developing a 143 pound microsatellite they say will detect and track asteroids, comets as well as other satellites. The suitcase-sized Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) will twist and turn hundreds of times each day, orbiting from pole to pole every 50 minutes almost always in sunlight. The telescope has a sunshade that allows searching the sky to within 45 degrees of the Sun, a part of the sky difficult or impossible to observe from the ground, but where near-Earth asteroids are concentrated, researchers said.
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