NASA picks SpaceX to launch interstellar boundary probe

An artist’s illustration of NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe, a mission to study the interaction of the sun’s solar wind with the winds of other stars. It will launch in 2024. (Image credit: NASA)

NASA has tapped SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch a new mission to study the protective bubble around our solar system. 

SpaceX will launch the International Mapping and Acceleration Probe, or IMAP, for NASA in October 2024 under a $109.4 million agreement. The mission will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and also carry four smaller payloads, including the moon-bound Lunar Trailblazer probe, NASA officials said in a statement. 

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