The US national Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched a "cereal box" sized satellite into space to analyze "hot Jupiters", planets orbiting close to their host stars.
The tiny moon, named the Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE), was launched into space on Monday afternoon (27 September local time). It is the first NASA-funded cube satellite (CubeSat) to be sent into space to study exoplanets orbiting other stars, according to the Daily Mail.
NASA launched Landsat 9 and CUTE Cube at 2:15 p.m. local time on September 27 from Vandenberg Pacific Air Force Base in California, USA.
The successful launch of Landsat 9, NASA's most advanced observation satellite, continues the agency's 50-year record of cutting-edge technology. Jeff Middot, NASA's Landsat-9 project scientist; "We've collected a history of the earth's evolution over the last half century and the results are impressive," Massekbo told the BBC. For example, we are able to see natural disasters that have occurred, including fires, hurricanes and insect outbreaks, followed by a decades-long period of ecosystem repair.
Dubbed Cheerios Box, the Cheerios satellite grew out of a NASA experiment to explore what small satellites could accomplish, according to the team behind the Cheerios satellite. Lead researcher Kevin Middot of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder; Kevin France, chief executive of Beilsat, said the Beilsat project was "exciting, but also a bit daunting". (Translated by Yang Pil)
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