Those are the words of UCLA’s Ned Wright, a PI with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

NASA is putting out a press release summarizing the results of the project so far. For example:

“We are taking a census of a small sample of near-Earth objects to get a better idea of how they vary,” said Amy Mainzer, the principal investigator of NEOWISE, a program to catalog asteroids seen with WISE.

So far, the mission has observed more than 60,000 asteroids, both Main Belt and near-Earth objects. Most were known before, but more than 11,000 are new.


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