Two robotic space science missions are preparing to explore the outermost and innermost edges of solar system, in addition to helping enable NASA's new vision of taking humans back to the moon and paving the way to Mars and beyond. NASA recently selected Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, which will take the first images of this distant region, exploring the interstellar bounaries at the edge of solar system roughly 10 billionmi away. To qualify the mission for NASA's Small Explorer program, the IBEX team is developing a small, lightweight spacecraft that will be launched in May 2008 from a Pegasus rocket dropped from an airplane. IBEX will use energetic neutral atom imaging techniques to produce the first global images of the region.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering