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NASA Launches Probe to Explore Solar System's Boundary

November 8th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

DailyTech – NASA Launches Probe to Explore Solar System’s Boundary

The IBEX probe launched into orbit over the weekend to help scientists learn more about solar wind

NASA successfully launched the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) probe over the weekend into orbit so it will be able to research solar wind that helps protect planets from cosmic rays.  The probe launched aboard a Pegasus rocket over the Pacific Ocean.

IBEX was launched into high-orbit and is scheduled for a two-year mission to help researchers learn about solar wind that is now at its lowest pressure in the past 50 years.  The solar system’s interstellar boundary is when particles from the galaxy meet with particles that are emitted from the Sun, which helps create a large buffer zone able to help protect the solar system from the majority of cosmic rays.

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