FOXSI 2 Set to Launch from White Sands December 11, 2014

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The Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI, mission launched for the first time in November 2012, as shown here. It will fly again on a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight in December 2014 to observe hard X-rays from the sun. Image Credit: NASA/FOXSI

On December 11, 2014, the Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI, mission will launch aboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight with very sensitive hard X-ray optics to observe the sun. This is FOXSI’s second flight – now with new and improved optics and detectors. FOXSI launched previously in November 2012. The mission is led by Säm Krucker of the University of California in Berkeley.

There is no live feed out of White Sands but Lindsay Glesner will be updating mission status. 

FOXSI Mission Specifics

Place: White Sands Missile Range
Date:  Thursday, Dec. 11
Launch time:  12:10 MST / 11:10 PST
Total flight: ~15 minutes
Observation time above 150 km:  6.5 minutes