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Technicians help guide the kick motor and nozzle for NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer or IBEX mission spacecraft.

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At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians help guide the Star-27 kick motor and nozzle for NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, mission spacecraft. The motor/nozzle will be inserted in the adapter cone (bottom of the foreground). The IBEX satellite will make the first map of the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space. IBEX is the first mission designed to detect the edge of the Solar System. As the solar wind from the sun flows out beyond Pluto, it collides with the material between the stars, forming a shock front. IBEX contains two neutral atom imagers designed to detect particles from the termination shock at the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space. IBEX also will study galactic cosmic rays, energetic particles from beyond the Solar System that pose a health and safety hazard for humans exploring beyond Earth orbit. IBEX will make these observations from a highly elliptical orbit that takes it beyond the interference of the Earth's magnetosphere. IBEX is targeted for launch from the Pegasus XL rocket on Oct. 5. Photo credit: NASA/R. Bledsoe

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  • Title: Technicians help guide the kick motor and nozzle for NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer or IBEX mission spacecraft.
  • Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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