NASA’s next frontier

On Wednesday, Elon Musk’s venture SpaceX launched its first foray into deep space — with NASA by its side. Just before sunset, SpaceX’s rocket Falcon 9 carried NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, also known as DSCOVR, beyond Earth’s atmosphere. DSCOVR will travel toward the sun and send critical data back to Earth every 15 to 60 minutes. Its findings will help scientists predict catastrophic space weather events that could impact telecommunications, aircraft and GPS systems here on Earth.