IBEX Launches Today on Man's Most Depressing Space Mission Ever

The IBEX launch » 10/19/08 5:00pm 10/19/08 5:00pm, which we previewed here at Gizmodo last Monday, went off without a hitch today. The ottoman-sized probe was strapped to a rocket that was strapped to the belly of an airplane, which carried it to 40,000 feet. From there, the rocket fired up and took IBEX to an orbit about 200,000 miles up. Fun! But…

Nasa IBEX Probe to Go Where Only Voyager Has Gone Before

On October 19, NASA will launch the IBEX, or Interstellar Boundary Explorer, into a 130 mile earth orbit to begin mapping the very edge of our solar system. This region of space, also known by the kick ass scientific name "termination shock," is rife with mystery. Only the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft have ventured… » 10/13/08 8:40am 10/13/08 8:40am