CHESS experiment successfully launched and recovered

Published on February 22, 2016
This time-lapse photo, taken from San Augustin Pass, captured the launch of the NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the LASP-built CHESS experiment. (Courtesy Brandy Coons)

This time-lapse photo, taken from San Augustin Pass, captured the launch of the NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the LASP-built CHESS experiment. (Courtesy Brandy Coons)

The NASA/CU 36.297 UG rocket mission successfully launched from White Sands, New Mexico on Feb. 21, 2016 at 9:15 p.m. MST. The 1,108 pound CHESS (Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph) payload flew to an altitude of 191 miles (307 km) and observed several interstellar atomic and molecular transitions on the sightline towards epsilon Persei during the entire 400 seconds of available observing time with detector high-voltage on. Science data was successfully telemetered to the ground during the flight and stored on-board. The team recovered the payload intact and has verified that all science-critical subsystems are alive and well.

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