NASA is all set to launch its new mission which is scheduled for the year 2024, and it will be helping the scientists to have a better understanding of the bubble which was surrounding our solar system.
The bubble which surrounds our solar system is known as heliosphere and it created by the Sun, and it consists of charged particles and other solar magnetic fields. The main work of the heliosphere is to protect the Earth and other solar, solar system bodies from the space radiation and also blocks the highly energetic cosmic rays which are originated in the interstellar space. This heliosphere is said to be made up of solar winds as they collide with the materials which come from the surrounding Milky Way galaxy.
The boundary of the heliosphere is said to be far from impenetrable, and the new NASA mission is known as Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), and it will collect and study the fast-moving particles which will be managing to make it through.
As per the Dennies Andrucky, deputy associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington has said that the boundary is one from where our Sun does great work to protect us. IMAP is believed to be the broadening the understanding of how the filter will work and the implications of the research that will reach beyond the consideration of the Earthly impacts as we look to send the human life to space.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $492 million, and this cost is excluding the launch vehicle. IMAP will be using ten onboard science instruments which are characterized by the particles which have streak through the neighborhood. The mission will get managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.