ICON satellite to examine the edge of space


The researchers want to understand the phenomena behind the magnetic storms engulfing the earth capable of destroying satellites and capable of damaging radio communications on the earth’s surface. For such experiment, they will also have to track down the reasons behind the tropical storms that take place on the ground and do affect these magnetic storms which take place about 60 miles above the earth’s surface. One of the brand new mission of NASA involves doing precisely the job mentioned above. The purpose is known as the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON).

The primary objective of this mission is to analyze the winds of the ionized atoms and to find out how do they react to the different atmospheric conditions, particularly during the monsoon weather. This new equipment is built at the Space Science Laboratory which is located in UC Berkeley. ICON is set to make its debut over the Pacific Ocean from an airplane on June 14 and should