The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) comes up with its announcement of a new mission scheduled for the year 2024. According to the agency officials, the mission will focus on understanding the solar system bubble. This bubble which surrounds our solar system is known as the heliosphere. The heliosphere is created by the sun. The constituents of the heliosphere are inclusive of the charged solar particles and the magnetic fields of the sun.
The role of heliosphere:
The heliosphere is protective in nature. It protects our Earth and the other planets that constitute our solar system. The protection is against the space radiations which blocks the cosmic rays that possess the high energy. These highly energetic cosmic rays originate in the spaces between the stars known as the interstellar spaces.
The NASA’s scheduled mission for 2024 is known as the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). This mission will focus on the particles that move swiftly through the impermeable heliosphere.
In a statement, Dennis Andrucyk says, “This boundary is where our sun does a great deal to protect us. IMAP is critical to broadening our understanding of how this ‘cosmic filter’ works. The implications of this research could reach well beyond the consideration of Earthly impacts as we look to send humans into deep space.” Andrucyk is the deputy associate administrator for the Science Directorate Mission of NASA in Washington.
The cost for the entire mission has been capped at around four hundred and ninety-two million dollars. The cost is exclusive of the vehicle launch. The principal investigator for the IMAP is David McComas of Princeton University. The Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland will be responsible for the management of the entire mission.