UNH to be part of NASA mission

DURHAM (AP) – A team from the University of New Hampshire has been selected to be part of a NASA mission that seeks to study interstellar space.

The mission will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, which acts as a bubble-like shield for the solar system from galactic cosmic radiation.

UNH researchers and engineers from the Space Science Center will help design and build the IMAP-Lo instrument, which provides imaging of the heliosphere and tracks the flow of outer space particles.

The university will also give students the opportunity to participate in the mission. Some students will design and build a miniaturized satellite and other scientific
instruments.

The student project targets underrepresented populations in the STEM field.

The mission is planned to launch in 2024.