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ICON mission
2014-11-16 03:00:32

NASA has officially confirmed the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission, clearing it to move forward into the development phase.

NASA Developing Sodium Lidar To Help Examine Eartth’s Mesophere
2013-10-30 18:52:47

A team of scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is looking to develop the world’s first spaceborne sodium lidar.

Atmospheric Drag Impacts On Satellite Orbits
2013-09-12 04:13:35

A beach ball-sized satellite designed to investigate the impact that atmospheric drag can have on satellite orbits is slated to be launched by NASA on Sunday, September 15.

Shuttle Exhaust Reveals More About Atmospheric Winds
2012-08-29 08:07:03

The last space shuttle flight took place on July 8, 2011, sending Atlantis into space for its thirty-third, and final mission, releasing 350 tons of water vapor exhaust.

Image 1 - The Surprising Power Of A Solar Storm
2012-03-23 09:52:15

A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years.

NASA Selects NRL's MIGHTI For Potential Space Flight
2011-11-11 04:01:38

A Naval Research Laboratory instrument designed to study the Earth's thermosphere is part of a future science mission that has been selected by NASA for evaluation for flight.

Image 1 - Venus Weather Not So Boring After All
2011-09-28 04:26:59

At first glance, a weather forecaster for Venus would have either a really easy or a really boring job, depending on your point of view.

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2010-11-07 07:54:19

Nine years after beginning its unprecedented look at the gateway between Earth's environment and space, not to mention collecting more data on the upper atmosphere than any other satellite, NASA’s Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission has been extended again.

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2010-08-27 06:50:00

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere.

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2010-08-26 23:40:03

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive unexpectedly dramatic fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.