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Completed IBEX Spacecraft
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Completed IBEX Spacecraft

January 9, 2013
This picture shows the IBEX spacecraft. The gold cylindrical part on the right is the IBEX-Hi sensor. The silver "bump" on the left is the micro-meteoroid shield over the propulsion tanks. The long "arm" protruding from the top is IBEX's antenna, used for communicating with Earth. The two small metal squares on the front are the spacecraft's heat radiators, which allow it to keep cool. The top of IBEX is covered with panels that utilize the Sun as its power source. The cone-shaped item in the middle of the solar panels is one of IBEX's large thrusters, used for moving IBEX so that its solar panels always point at the Sun. Credit: Southwest Research Institute