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NASA spy telescopes to decode mysterious dark energy

NASA spy telescopes to decode mysterious dark energy
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The US space agency is planning to use two former spy telescopes to study mysterious dark energy in space. NASA received the two telescopes from the...

Washington: The US space agency is planning to use two former spy telescopes to study mysterious dark energy in space. NASA received the two telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) intelligence agency.They were originally intended for the "Future Imaginary Architecture" programme aimed at creating a new generation of reconnaissance satellites for US intelligence.

The spy telescopes given to NASA can be used in a project named "WFIRST-AFTA" (the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets). The launch date is planned for 2024, Space.com reported.The aim of the WFIRST-AFTA project is to study dark energy which is thought to be accelerating the expansion of the universe and search for exoplanets -- planets that orbit a star other than Sun.

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