NASA is set to launch the world's first mission tomorrow to study rapidly spinning neutron stars - the densest objects in the universe - nearly 50 years after they were discovered. The same platform will also carry out the world's first demonstration of X-ray navigation in space.
The agency plans to launch the two-in-one Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) aboard SpaceX CRS-11, a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday.
The launch was earlier planned for June 1, but was delayed due to poor weather. About a week after its installation, this one-of-a-kind investigation will begin observing neutron stars, the densest objects in the universe.
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