At 11:05 pm last night a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket successfully launched the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The Experiment will study the first stars and galaxies and how they were formed in the universe.

The rocket lifted the payload to an altitude of around 358 miles above the Atlantic Ocean.

The height will allow a longer observation time for the instruments.

The payload will eventually splash down into the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles from the Virginia Coast but will not be recovered.