Va. launch provides good data on galaxy creation

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Researchers are studying data on galaxy creation collected by an experiment launched from Virginia’s Wallops Island Flight Facility.

NASA says a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment, or CIBER, was launched at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday.

CIBER principal investigator Jamie Bock with the California Institute of Technology says researchers received good data from the rocket’s payload.

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

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