Giant Space Observatories Will Unlock the Secrets of the Cosmos –“But Global Competition Intensifies”


Astronomy has never been so exciting. Earth-like planets have been found orbiting other stars. Cosmologists are quantifying mysterious forces of ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’. Completely new windows have been opened onto the cosmos thanks to facilities such as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), in the states of Washington and Louisiana.