Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Astronomy can be really cool

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has sent a team to Antarctica to explore the universe.
The team launched a giant helium balloon carryng a two-meter telescope weighing 2,000 kg. The BLAST (balloon-borne large aperture sub-millimetre telescope) has been floating since December 21, 38km above the surface of the Earth. According to CSA, BLAST will "identify large numbers of distant star-forming galaxies, study the earliest stages of star and planet formation, and make high-resolution maps of diffuse galactic emissions."

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