In October 2011, a NASA-funded sounding rocket called CHAMPS flew up through noctilucent ice clouds to measure the meteoric smoke that seeds the clouds.
Scientists tracked space shuttle exhaust plumes to study airflow in the upper atmosphere. The water vapor spread faster than expected and collected near the Arctic to form noctilucent clouds.
A key ingredient for 'night shining clouds' comes from outer space. Scientists have detected bits of 'meteor smoke' imbedded in them.
They're Baaaack! The first noctilucent clouds for the 2012 season have been spotted.
Noctilucent clouds are back for 2011 and continue spreading to ever lower latitudes.
The NASA mission Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere has shown that night-shining 'noctilucent' cloud formation is changing year to year, showing a link between northern and southern weather systems some 13000 miles apart.
A striking ISS astronaut photograph shows polar mesospheric clouds over the Southern Hemisphere on January 30, 2010.
NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite has captured five complete polar seasons of noctilucent (NLC) or 'night-shining' clouds with an unprecedented horizontal resolution of 3 miles by 3 miles.
A NASA satellite has captured the first occurrence this summer of mysterious iridescent polar clouds that form 50 miles above Earth's surface.
NASA's AIM spacecraft launched Wednesday on a mission to study polar clouds.
NASA's AIM spacecraft was mated to the Pegasus XL rocket on April 4, and an integrated flight simulation was successfully completed during the week of April 13.
NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base by a Pegasus XL vehicle at 1:26 p.m. PDT April 25.
NASA's AIM spacecraft was mated to the Pegasus XL rocket on April 4. An integrated flight simulation was successfully completed earlier this week.
NASA is preparing to launch the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft, the first mission dedicated to exploration of mysterious ice clouds that dot the edge of space in Earth's polar regions.
NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft was mated to the Pegasus XL rocket on Wednesday. An integrated flight simulation is scheduled for early next week.
NASA will host a media teleconference on Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss science objectives of the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission.
Technicians have completed cleaning and calibrating the instruments and installed the spacecraft separation system on NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft.
Since NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 10, the prelaunch processing has gone well and is on schedule.
NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft arrived Saturday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for a targeted April 25 launch aboard a Pegasus XL rocket.
Glowing, silvery blue clouds that have been spreading around the world and brightening mysteriously in recent years will soon be studied in unprecedented detail by a NASA spacecraft.