NASA has begun development on a new system that could revolutionize the search for humanity to new planets as our own.
The system revolves around a new tool called the Visible nulling coronagraph or VNC, which combines an interferometer (a device that put as easy as possible, measures light) from the coronagraph (high Telescope is able to look in the direction of the stars thanks to a powerful light filter .)
The combination of these two devices is the first of its own, allowing for a wider spectral analysis, a key element in the assessment of the planet’s atmospheric makeup and the potential for life.
“[The VNC] will be more sensitive for finding faint planet,” says NASA Officer Brian Hicks. “It will also allow spectroscopy, which is something that NASA would need to study the atmosphere of exoplanets, to identify signatures of water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, methane and ozone -. Chemistry we associate with habitable for life as we know it”
There is still much to be done before you can use VNC on a mission in the great unknown, but VNC development marks a major milestone in the campaign by NASA to study more of the space.
You can read more about VNC, its development and functioning, and what NASA plans to do with it next to his official website.
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