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AIM L-14 Telecon Multimedia Page

04.11.07

Presenter #1 Vicki Elsbernd, AIM Program Executive, NASA Headquarters


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Presenter #2 Chris Savinell, AIM Mission Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Still from movie at Orbital Sciences showing testing of the AIM satellite.
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Image/movie #1: AIM Spacecraft Testing -- This video shows some of the environmental tests that were conducted at Orbital Sciences Corporation, in Dulles, VA. Credit: NASA


Still from animation showing AIM's launch and deployment.
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Image/animation #2: Launch and Deploy -- AIM will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a Pegasus XL rocket. Credit: NASA


Still from animation of beauty pass 3.
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Image/animation #3: AIM Spacecraft -- AIM will make simultaneous measurements of the main ingredients needed to form these clouds and will unravel the role of natural factors, such as the solar cycle and meteorology, from the possible role of anthropogenic factors such as carbon dioxide, which causes a warming in the lower atmosphere but a cooling in this region of the atmosphere 50 miles above the Earth surface. Ultimately, this research will provide the data needed to determine the role of polar mesospheric clouds as an important indicator of our planet's changing climate. Credit: NASA



Presenter #3 James Russell III, AIM Principal Investigator, Hampton University


Still from movie showing noctilucent clouds.
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Image/animation #4: Noctilucent Cloud Sightings -- Polar Mesospheric Clouds form during each polar region’s summer months in the coldest place in the atmo¬sphere -- 50 miles above the Earth’s surface. Noctilucent Clouds were first observed in 1885 by an amateur astronomer and have been becoming brighter, more frequent and appear to be moving to lower latitudes in recent years. Credit: Hampton University


Still from animation showing how noctilucent clouds form.
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Image/animation #5: What is a Noctilucent Cloud? -- Polar mesospheric clouds, as they are known to those who study them from satellite observations, are also often called "noctilucent," or night shining, clouds as seen by ground-based observers. Because of their high altitude, near the edge of space, noctilucent clouds shine at night when the Sun's rays hit them from below while the lower atmosphere is bathed in darkness. They typically form in the cold, summer polar mesosphere region and are made of water ice crystals. Credit: NASA

Still from animation showing AIM's instruments with titles.
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Image/animation #6: Tour of the AIM Instruments -- The AIM satellite has three scientific instruments on board: the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size Experiment (CIPS) – a four-camera system that will study cloud morphology, the Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment (SOFIE) that will measure the clouds and temperature and constituents involved in their formation, and the Cosmic Dust Experiment (CDE) that will measure one possible source of particles needed for cloud formation. Credit: NASA



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