Rocket to launch from Va. to study galaxy creation

The Soyuz rcket is seen in the background at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Kazakhstan. The launch of the Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for Wednesday May 29, 2013, with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers; Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, and Karen Nyberg of NASA on board. Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and, Parmitano, will remain aboard the station until mid-November. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
The Soyuz rcket is seen in the background at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Kazakhstan. The launch of the Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for Wednesday May 29, 2013, with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers; Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, and Karen Nyberg of NASA on board. Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and, Parmitano, will remain aboard the station until mid-November. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket set to launch from Virginia’s Wallops Island Flight Facility will study how the first galaxy was formed.

NASA says the Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment is scheduled to be launched Tuesday night.

It will study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.

The launch will be on a larger and more powerful rocket than previous flights. That should allow it to reach a higher altitude so it can provide for longer observation time for the instruments.

The rocket may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

The experiment will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles off the Virginia coast. It won’t be recovered.

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