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IBEX is classified as:


NORAD ID: 33401
Int'l Code: 2008-051A
Perigee: 75,722.4 km
Apogee: 261,043.4 km
Inclination: 48.5 °
Period: 12,117.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 174753 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: October 19, 2008
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: Pegasus launched from Western Range Air Space (WRAS)

IBEX, The Interstellar Boundary Explorer, will observe material from the outer solar system called energetic neutral atoms. These atoms are created by a process called charge exchange, in which charged particles are neutralized by nearby atoms to form the energetic neutral atoms. IBEX data will produce an all-sky map of the heliopause every six months. Officials expect to create up to four maps during the mission. The mission requires that the spacecraft fly outside of the influence of Earth's magnetic field to capture energetic particles from the edge of the solar system.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 33401U 08051A   16238.51727490 -.00001704  00000-0  00000+0 0  9992
2 33401  48.4894  19.2050 5302341 183.1092 357.0415  0.11884002  3315
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 520