IBEX Orbit Visualization

  • Released Friday, October 3rd, 2008
  • Updated Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 12:00AM
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The Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX) mission will observe the boundary between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium from a location near the Earth. The mission will measure the flux of hydrogen Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs) which can be directed towards the Sun by an interaction with the heliosheath.

In this visualization, we see the orbit of the spacecraft orbit (green) in relation to the Earth, the orbit of the Moon (gray), and Sun.

For more information, visit the IBEX Mission Project Page at Southwest Research Institute which is managing the mission. We also have additional video outlining the mission (link).

The camera pulls out from the Earth, revealing the IBEX spacecraft (the small gold and grey hexagonal object on the left) and its orbit (green). The Moon is passing through the foreground.

The camera pulls out from the Earth, revealing the IBEX spacecraft (the small gold and grey hexagonal object on the left) and its orbit (green). The Moon is passing through the foreground.

The camera moves above the Moon's orbital plane to look down on the relationship of the orbit of IBEX to the orbit of the Moon.

The camera moves above the Moon's orbital plane to look down on the relationship of the orbit of IBEX to the orbit of the Moon.



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