As per the sources, this year is going to be a great year for NASA with many number of forthcomingmissions, but the start to the year 2020 have not been that great, as it has been announced that the contact has been lost through the ASTERIA satellite, which a minorspace capsule, which was designed to search worldsexterior the Solar System. On December 5, it was said by NASA JPL that, they have vanishedconnection with ASTERIA.
Reportedly, in a conference, it was said by the agency on January 3 that, the craft being smaller as compared to the size of a baggage and recognized as a CubeSat, was detectinga few of neighboring starts and was capable to establish that it might attainaccuracycapacities of the brightness of the stars. With this available information, hollows in a star’s brightness was looked by the scientists which would designate a circling planet fleeting between the star and the satellite. This method of hunting of the planets is known as transit method. Currently, data of the mission is still being examined to confirm whether any detached worlds were spotted by ASTERIA.
Furthermore, it was added by the agency that, since Feb. 2018, when its primary mission was completed, ASTERIA has been cast-off to investigate a diversity of purposes to develop CubeSats extra autonomous, comprising the use of AI, as said by NASA. Also, unscrupulousexplanations of our planet Earth, additional spacecrafts and a comet have been made by ASTERIA in geo synchronous track and stars, which may crowd transiting exoplanets. Lorraine Fesq of JPL said that, an outstanding result was achieved by the ASTERIA in its 3-month major mission and it is approximately 2-year extended task. He added that, they are excited with everything they have achieved with this CubeSat, even though they have lost the contact.