NEOWISE discovered more than 34,000 asteroids and characterized 158,000 throughout the solar system during its prime mission in 2010 and early 2011.
It was reactivated in September following 31 months in hibernation to assist
She said that the spacecraft is in excellent health, and the new images look just as good as they were before hibernation, asserting that over the next weeks and months they'll be gearing up their ground-based data processing and expect to get back into the asteroid hunting business, and acquire their first previously undiscovered space rock, in the next few months.
Some of the deep space images taken by the spacecraft include a previously detected asteroid named (872) Holda. The images tell researchers the quality of the spacecraft's observations is the same as during its primary mission.
NEOWISE began as WISE. The prime mission, which was launched in
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