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NASA Will Create COSI To Better Understand the Physical Processes in the Universe

NASA Will Create COSI To Better Understand the Physical Processes in the Universe

On October 18, NASA announced that it has finally selected a new project for implementation under the Explorers program. This is the COSI, which in 2020 became one of four finalists in the small research vehicle category.

And now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided to create the Compton Spectrometer and Imager gamma telescope. They want to launch it in 2025 for the next mission. The cost of the Gamma-Ray Telescope is estimated at 45 million dollars, without the launch itself. Details of the program will be announced by the US space agency later.

A gamma telescope’s main task is to observe and discover distant objects in the gamma-ray spectrum. As noted in the agency of the United States COSI will give answers to the questions related to the origin of chemical elements in our Galaxy. The researchers hope that this will allow us to better understand some aspects of the formation of our planet. In addition, the data obtained will make it possible to study in more detail the processes occurring in the Universe.

NASA has been working on the Explorers program since the 60s of the last century. The spacecraft and telescopes are being developed for carrying out various research in the fields of physics, geophysics, heliophysics, and astrophysics. In total, more than 90 different devices have already been launched under the program.

Earlier, in 2016 a prototype of the telescope was sent into the stratosphere to test its work. The analog successfully worked for two weeks.

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