Only available via NASA released photos or a rocket’s windows, the wonders of space will now be available to everyone, from a new publicly accessible telescope.
Of all of the marvels that make up the space up and above us, they are all equally as impressive. From the jagged edges of monstrous asteroids to famed shooting stars and even to bright supernovas that decorate our galaxy, all are worth gazing at. While the masses will never have a chance of seeing all of this up close due to the harsh criteria that comes with becoming an astronaut, a new, publicly accessible telescope could be on the way to give us the best chance at seeing space for ourselves.
Called the “Arkyd”, the giant piece of space tech is being flogged with the tagline “a technologically advanced, orbiting space telescope that will be controlled by YOU, the crowd”. When launched, the Arkyd will support a range of educational programs. Does your elementary class need to look up a star formation for a class project? The Arkyd will let you do that. Have a graduate thesis to complete? Employ the Arkyd to help you. On a sillier scale, the Arkyd is even offering up HD selfies, taken of you from space.
Furthermore, Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company behind the Arkyd say that the publicly accessible telescope will also “provide a new, low-cost resource to help observe distant galaxies, search for alien planets, and monitor the skis for potentially dangerous asteroids” meaning that we could see some exciting discoveries from this project too.
Being fronted with some serious star power, from everyone’s favourite science nut, Bill Nye (the Science Guy), the telescope is currently looking to reach its one million dollar goal on Kickstarter. And as it’s over 50% of the way there (with 30 days to go), it seems like it’s well on its way to achieving it.
Watch the Arkyd Kickstarter project video below.
Source : Arkyd on Kickstarter