University of Colorado to conduct two space experiments

April 28th, 2010 - 1:00 am ICT by BNO News  

WALLOPS ISLAND, VIRGINIA (BNO NEWS) – NASA announced Tuesday that two University of Colorado based space experiments will be placed aboard NASA rockets.

The first experiment, EVE, Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment, is scheduled for a May 3 launch and will support measurements by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. It is headed by Dr. Thomas Woods of the University of Colorado Boulder and will provide flight calibration for the EVE instrument on the SDO satellite that was launched on February 11. The data gathered will allow engineers and scientists to calibrate the instruments aboard the SDO.

DICE, Diffuse Interstellar Cloud Experiment, is the second experiment that will sample interstellar gas, and it is headed by Dr. James Green also of the University of Colorado at Boulder. It will study conditions of an interstellar gas bubble in nearby space to determine whether gas is flowing into or away from the gas bubble. It is scheduled to be launched on May 16.

Both experiments will be launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on NASA Black Brant IX two stage, solid fueled, suborbital sounding rockets.

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