NASA Chooses Falcon 9 to Carry Spacecraft for the Astrophysics Mission in 2024

15th Feb 2021
SpaceX Falcon 9

The NASA Astrophysics Mission is all set to go ahead for 2024 as the institution finally picks the Falcon 9 designed by SpaceX as the launch vehicle to be used for the mission. Details of the upcoming event indicate that the rocket will carry a NASA spacecraft into space from the VAFB. 

Plans are underway for this to happen as early as June 2024, and this is set to change things up at the VAFB, which currently needs more activity. Additionally, the launch will benefit the local economy as restaurant and hotel bookings go up. Most of the bookings are for the crew members working as the date for launch nears. Furthermore, it is expected that plenty of visitors will flock in to watch the launch. 

The Goal of the Astrophysics Mission Rocket Launch

Falcon 9 will carry Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) craft to orbit. Its purpose is to use near-infrared light to study the sky. The light is one of the best instruments for getting cosmic answers about the universe’s origin and galaxy development. 

The Astrophysics Mission will also focus on looking for organic and water particles that are the most significant contributors to life. After the rocket launch, the search will concentrate on areas where star formation occurs, and astronomers can conduct data gathering on millions of galaxies and stars. 

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