Principal Investigator for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is ready to reveal much more of our solar system and beyond. Ned Wright is Principal Investigator for this new space telescope. Emily Lakdawalla laments Mars Rover Spirit's predicament and picks the most significant space images of 2009. Bruce Betts has news of three finalists selected by NASA for a deep space mission. He also has a night sky report for Mat, a special trivia contest prize, and a new space trivia contest.