Space Coast, FL – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), was selected by NASA for their Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission. This will help provide a better understanding for researchers of the heliosphere. The heliosphere is a magnetic barrier that encompasses our solar system. This area is where the solar wind from our Sun collides with other winds from distant stars. Therefore places a limit on the amount of hazardous cosmic radiation entering. The IMAP mission will gather and map neutral particles that come through. The probe will also check out the basic processes of how particles are accelerated in outer-space.
The cost for NASA of this mission is about $109.4 million.
Along with IMAP, secondary payloads will be included in the launch. They are: NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission, two additional NASA heliophysics missions of opportunity (yet to be named) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) mission.
The mission is slated for October 2024 on a Falcon 9 rocket booster from SLC-40 at Cape Capecanaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA.
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