They are humanity’s eyes and ears in deep space exploring the plains of Mars the geysers of Saturn’s moon and the blazing surfaces of distant stars they are space probes robotic explorers that are now humanity’s interstellar avatars they can go places and see things that we could never do from here on earth space probes fan out across the solar.
System returning data that change everything we thought we knew if we could find indigenous life elsewhere in our galaxy it would be one of the greatest discoveries in the.
History of humans probes collide head-on into icy comets photograph the edge of the universe itself even see planets in other solar systems or at a golden age in the search and discovery of earth-like planets a new generation of robotic explorers is redefining the galaxy itself by unlocking secrets secrets of the space probes at this very moment millions of miles from the earth human.
Beings are sampling measuring photographing and even sniffing the dust and gases of other worlds but not in person the environment of space is very hostile to people it’s got extremes of temperature extremes of vacuum high radiation fields all kinds of things that are.
Really inhospitable to human life our eyes and ears are robotic proxies sent on missions to discover the secrets of our solar system and beyond they are space probes and they were built to survive the hostile atmospheres and perilous worlds that mankind cannot our space missions.
To survive these difficult environments and they can go places and do things that we could never dream out without them some probes like the Hubble Space Telescope float comfortably in Earth’s orbit while others by deep impact in 2005 are ordered on kamikaze missions to smash satellite probes into comets others are sent to uncover the secrets.
Of planets like Mars Jupiter Saturn or their moons imaging and analyzing them from orbit and landing on their surfaces to explore or dig for samples our probes are used to answer fundamental questions about planetary composition atmospheric composition geologic atmospheric processes how our planets well similar to in different than earth and the big picture question is there life the hunt for life on other worlds began over two thousand years ago when Greek astronomers began gazing at planets in the 21st century.
Humanity is finally poised to find it sending out probes into the solar system and even beyond that is part of a long-standing mission we’ve had to understand not just ourselves here on earth but the rest of the solar system and in some ways that quest helps us learn more about ourselves.
In terms of where we may have come from and whether there are any other examples of the environment we see here on earth the latest quest begins with an ultra high-resolution digital infrared roadmap on December 14 2009 a delta 2 rocket delivered a small package into orbit 300 miles above the earth it’s called wise and it’s creating the most detailed infrared photograph.
Of the universe to date wise.
Is the wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
Small sized telescope about 40 centimeters in diameter so that would sort of fit under my arm here and it’s surveying the entire sky.