Suborbital Local Interstellar Cloud Experiment (SLICE)

SLICE team with rocket.36.271 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 21, 2013.Suborbital Local Interstellar Cloud Experiment (SLICE) is a re-fly of the 36.270 payload, DICE. DICE was to sample the interface at the local cavity wall and determine whether the gas at the interface is flowing into the cavity or away from it. The current hot bubble model assumes a conductive heating interface, which the DICE instrument was to directly confirm or deny. SLICE is to further the study of the hot gas inside the local bubble and the interface between the local bubble and the ambient interstellar medium. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Kevin France/University of Colorado.

For more information on this mission see: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sounding-rockets/news/slice.html