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NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite launched at 9:59 p.m. EDT Oct. 10 from the Kennedy Space Center.
Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft carrying the Pegasus XL rocket with NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite. Courtesy of Northrop Grumman. Now successfully located within the ionosphere, the satellite will study wind speeds, directions, and temperatures within the critical altitude zone between 90 and 300 km to gain a better picture of the weather patterns occurring within that space. The satellite aims to further the understanding of interactions between the region where Earth’s weather and space weather meet.
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