The launch is set to show up in coastal regions from North Carolina to southern New York, weather permitting.
Scientists hope the rocket will provide further insight into the soft X-ray source, which “hurries to Earth from elsewhere in our galaxy,” the statement said.
NASA says soft X-rays are not harmful to humans, but they can interfere with radio communications and GPS systems. They are lower in energy than X-rays used in the medical field.
Scientists think these X-rays come from two sources, said Massimiliano Galeazzi, the mission’s principal investigator from the University of Miami, Florida.
“The first source was outside our solar system and was created by the remnants of many supernova explosions that formed what is now known as the Local Hot Bubble region of our galaxy,” Galeazzi said. said in the statement. “The second source is located in the solar system and is generated by the solar wind charge exchange.”
The launch was scheduled for earlier this week but was postponed because of weather conditions.
The facility launches about 25 sonic rockets a year, according to NASA. The missile is named after the maritime term “to sound”, meaning to take measurements.