NASA has announced that it will be launching Israel’s first space telescope mission, the Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite (ULTRASAT),
which will investigate the secrets of short-duration events in the universe.
Led by the Israel Space Agency and Weizmann Institute of Science, ULTRASAT is planned for launch into geostationary orbit around Earth in early 2026.
ULTRASAT is an ultraviolet observatory with a large field of view, which will be used to observe short-duration events in the universe,
such as supernova explosions and mergers of neutron stars.
In addition to providing the launch service, NASA will also participate in the mission’s science program.
said Mark Clampin, director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
“NASA is proud to be working with the Israel Space Agency and the Weizmann Institute of Science on this important mission,”
By observing these events in the ultraviolet range, we can learn more about the physics and dynamics of these phenomena,
The ULTRASAT mission is a significant milestone for the Israeli space industry, which has been growing steadily in recent years.
ULTRASAT is just one of several space missions that the Israel Space Agency has planned for the coming years.
The ULTRASAT mission will also be a significant contribution to the field of astrophysics, which seeks to understand the properties and behavior of celestial objects and phenomena.
It will also operate in the ultraviolet range, which is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is not easily observable from the ground.
This will allow scientists to study these short-duration events in detail and gain new insights into their properties and behavior.
The ULTRASAT mission represents a significant milestone in international cooperation in space exploration and promises to provide valuable insights into the mysteries of the universe.