Jack Burns, PI of NASA/SSERVI’s new Network for Exploration & Space Science (NESS) team, is interested in the Dark Ages of the universe. His research team is investigating the time when the universe’s very first stars were born, a period that’s clouded in mystery and darkness. And they are going to do it by launching a telescope to the moon.

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An artist rendering showing the DARE observatory. The science instrument thermal shield surrounds the antenna (shown as transparent for clarity). The antenna consists of a pair of dual, crossed bicones. Beneath the antenna support structure is a deployed ground plane which aids in shaping the beam’s directionality. Below the instrument is the spacecraft bus including the solar panels and telemetry system. Credit: Jack Burns / University of Colorado at Boulder

Jack Burns’ Dark Ages Radio Explorer (DARE) is a space radio telescope currently under review by NASA and planned for launch in mid-2023. Read the full story at www.popularmechanics.com

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI Team/J. Bennett/Popular Mechanics

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