Successful Canadian Space Telescope Project MOST to be shut down

The MOST space telescope has ben in space over 10 years, making discoveries about the interiors of stars. At a cost of just 10 million $CDN, it has been one of the most successful astronomy space projects ever. The telescope outlived its projected one-year lifespan providing data which will be studied for decades. The legacy of MOST is the fact that it was a small, relatively inexpensive spacecraft which was designed for a specific purpose - and it performed exceedingly well.

 The MOST spacecraft. Photo courtesy UBC

The MOST spacecraft. Photo courtesy UBC

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced that the project would be terminated September 9, 2014.  According to the CSA:

Since its launch in 2003, MOST has produced over one hundred science publications and provided astronomers with new insights into the behaviour of stars. Originally planned as a one-year project, MOST was extended annually due to the telescope's continued successes. The suitcase-sized telescope will leave a prolific legacy of data for astronomers to analyze.

 Earthshine President Randy Attwood poses with the MOST spacecraft in a clean room at UTIAS in Toronto in 2002

Earthshine President Randy Attwood poses with the MOST spacecraft in a clean room at UTIAS in Toronto in 2002