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NASA to Launch Rover to Study Interstellar Dust

Wed 24 Jan 2024 | 02:38 PM
Rana Atef

NASA plans to launch a rover to minuscule dust particles in our solar system from interstellar space, to study the building blocks of the cosmos, next year.

Called the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), the mission aims to study the huge heliosphere that surrounds our solar system. The heliosphere protects Earth and other planets from cosmic radiation entering our solar system from the outside.

IMAP will carry 10 science instruments for observations. 

Scott Tucker, the project manager for IDEX at University of Colorado, Boulder said in a statement: "They're little packets of information from long ago and far, far away."

Once the IMAP probe reaches its destination, it will start to capture dust zipping by, "a bit like a humpback whale scooping up krill," according to the statement.