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Science Hunt for near-Earth asteroids is new mission for slumbering NASA craft

NASA's WISE telescope ran out of coolant for two of its four infrared detectors, but the remaining ones can operate in a way that is suitable for the detection of near-Earth asteroids.

By Staff writer / August 23, 2013

JPL-Caltech/NASA/Reuters

NASA is getting set to rouse a slumbering spacecraft after a nearly three-year nap and hand it a new assignment: hunting for near-Earth asteroids.