HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) — NASA announced an agreement Thursday with Hawthorne-based SpaceX for the launch of a scientific research mission to provide answers about the origins of the universe.
The mission, called Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer, or SPHEREx, is targeted for launch in June 2024.READ MORE: Dodgers Vs Braves: Los Angeles Looks To Even Series In Game 4
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena will manage the mission that will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California.
According to NASA, the two-year mission will scan the sky in “near-infrared light, which, though not visible to the human eye, serves as a powerful tool for answering cosmic questions involving the birth of the universe and the subsequent development of galaxies.”READ MORE: LASD Searching For 30-Year-Old Schizophrenic
It will also search for potentially life-supporting water and organic molecules in “stellar nurseries” and gather information on more than 300 million galaxies and over 100 million stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
NASA estimates the launch of the mission will cost $98.8 million.MORE NEWS: Report: Anti-Asian Hate Crime Rose 76% In LA County
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