Suborbital Imaging Spectrograph for Transition region Irradiance from Nearby Exoplanet host stars (SISTINE)

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SISTINE is designed to enable studies of the ultraviolet radiation environment around low-mass stars and the effects of that UV on potential exoplanet atmospheres. For this mission, SISTINE aims to study how the outer envelope of stars is dispersed back into the interstellar medium by observing the science target NGC 6828, a planetary nebula.

More on this mission: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/shining-starlight-on-the-search-for-life/

The Principal Investigator was Dr. Kevin France/University of Colorado Boulder.

Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Black Brant 9 is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage. The Black Brant 9 can reach altitudes of about 600 km. Payloads weighing from 400 to 1200 pounds can be flown.


Additional sounding rocket vehicles

Google Earth Map showing White Sands Missile Range.

The SISTINE mission was aunched on August 11, 2019 from White Sands Missile Range, NM.