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NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite (ICON) is scheduled to launch next month for a two-year mission to gather information on weather and other physical processes within the ionosphere — the frontier of space, where Earth’s weather and space weather meet.
A central component of the ICON satellite’s instrument package is the Michelson Interferometer for Global High-Resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI), developed by a team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Jenoptik, which built the imaging optics.
MIGHTI represents a significant advancement in Michelson interferometer design. Ordinarily, interferometers have a single mirror attached to an adjustable motorized bracket. The mirror is…READ MORE