Sounding rocket launches CHESS mission to study the matter between stars

The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, or CHESS 4, was successfully launched on a NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 12:47 p.m. EDT, April 16 (4:47 a.m. local, April 17) from the Kwajalein Atoll in The Republic of the Marshall Islands.

 The CHESS 4 mission will study the interstellar medium, the matter between stars. The mission focuses on translucent clouds of gas, that provide the fundamental building blocks for stars and planets.

“The main goal here is to better understand the Earth and how the Earth formed,” said Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator of the mission InSight, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. “InSight is going to give us a lot of information.”