Mon, Dec 15, 2003
Closer Space Ties Between Two Nations
Israel will soon put a
$15 million telescope into space and it won't ride atop an
American-built rocket or space shuttle.
It won't take flight on a Russian vehicle, nor will it be
launched by the European Space Agency.
Instead, the Electro Optics Industrial telescope will ride into
orbit atop a rocket made in and launched from... India.
Israel's Minister of Science and Technology, Eliezer Sandberg,
is headed for Bangalore Sunday to make the deal official.
The space telescope will launch late next month or early the
month after. It will ride into space along with India's G-Sat 4
communications satellite, on a "new frontiers" mapping mission to
image the Ultra Violet (UV) sky.
The Hindustan Times quotes unidentified officials who
say the data acquired by the Israeli telescope "would solve some
pressing astrophysical questions, including star formation history
of galaxies and the physics of giant black holes and could steer
the Hubble Space Telescope to selected interesting objects followed
up in detail with a larger space facility."
The launch deal is the culmination of two years' negotiation
between India and Israel. It's seen as a first step toward
strengthening the aerospace ties between the two nations.
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