The Spectrum Photometer for Universe History, the Epidemic and the Ices Explorer named SPHEREx is expected to start in 2023. And it was funded with $ 242 million, excluding the initial cost.
"This amazing mission will be the treasure of astronomers' unique data," said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator at the NASA Science Mission Directorate. "It will bring an unprecedented map of the galaxy with fingerprints from the first moments of universe history. And we will have new clues to one of the greatest secrets of science: who made the universe so fast expanded than the nanosecond after the big bang? "
SPHEREx will use infrared light as well as optical, To view the sky every six months and collect data from over 100 million stars of the Milky Way, as well as 300 million galaxies, which are galaxies in our cosmic neighborhood, as well as some that are distant to reach our telescopes. 19659002] The technology used to create SPHEREx has been adapted from our satellites and Mars spacecraft, stated in NASA's statement.
The result of the mission should create a sky map with 96 different colored bands with a higher resolution than any previous sky map. In addition, as with other NASA missions, SPHEREx can also help identify future missions such as James Webb's space telescope.
"I'm really excited about this new mission," said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement. "This not only extends the United States' powerful space-based missions to recognize universe secrets, which is part of a critical balanced science program covering missions of various sizes."