A huge cloud of hot plasma, expelled sometimes from the Sun. It
may accelerate ions and electrons, and may travel through
interplanetary space as far as the Earth's orbit and beyond it,
often preceded by a shock front. When the shock reaches Earth, a
magnetic storm may result.
Interstellar Boundary Explorer
A space mission, proposed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
in San Antonio, to study the interstellar boundary - the region
between our solar system and interstellar space. The Interstellar
Boundary Explorer (IBEX) was one of five candidates selected by
NASA in November 2003 to compete for two mission slots in NASA's
Explorer Program of low cost, rapidly developed scientific
spacecraft. IBEX was launched by a Pegasus LV from Kwajalein
Missile Range on October 19, 2008.
"I would tell members of my family — and I have
— I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places
now... It’s not that it’s going to Mexico.
It’s [that] you’re in a confined aircraft. When one
person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft.
That’s me... So, from my perspective, what it relates to is
mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of a field when
someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a
closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed
classroom, it’s a different thing."
Source: Yes, that's the Vice President of
the United States, Joe Biden, creating more issues for the aviation
industry with some off the cuff remarks a