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  • A chemical trail like the one here – this one deployed from a sounding rocket at night as opposed to in the daytime – will help researchers track wind movement to determine how it affects the movement of charged particles in the atmosphere.

    Sounding Rocket To Observe Electric Currents In Atmosphere

    06.20.13 - In June 2013, scientists will launch a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight facility, for a five-minute trip to study a global, electrical current called the dynamo, sweeping through the ionosphere.

  • Screen capture showing an active sun from IRIS new explorer video.

    The Science of NASA's Newest Solar Explorer

    06.19.13 - At the end of June 2013, NASA will launch its newest set of instruments to watch the sun: the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.

  • This fisheye image shows the four MMS observatories inside the cleanroom at Goddard.

    NASA’s MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone

    06.14.13 - This fisheye image shows NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories inside the cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

  • In this SDO solar eclipse image the moon's shadow has been replaced by an actual moon image taken by LRO.

    The Moon and Sun: Two NASA Missions Join Images

    06.12.13 - NASA visualizers overlay a 3-dimensional model of the moon based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into the shadow of the moon during a lunar transit image from SDO.

  • For the 2013 season, noctilucent clouds have appeared early, starting on May 17, 2013.

    Noctilucent Clouds Get an Early Start

    06.07.13 - The early start of the 2013 season appears to be caused by a change in atmospheric “teleconnections,” connections between different layers of the atmosphere that operate over great distances.

  • Hinode views the lower regions of the sun’s atmosphere, the interface region, which a new mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph will study in exquisite detail.

    NASA's IRIS Mission to Launch in June

    06.04.13 - Understanding how energy travels through the lowest layers of the sun's atmosphere is the goal of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph scheduled to launch on June 26, 2013.

  • The 7,000-pound SUNRISE solar telescope dangles beneath a 1,000-foot tall balloon as it began its flight from Kiruna, Sweden, in 2009.

    SUNRISE Over Sweden: Solar Observatory to Take Flight

    06.03.13 - NASA's Scientific Balloon Program successfully launched, for the second time, the largest solar telescope ever to leave ground, to observe the sun's magnetic fields.

  • Magnetospheric Multiscale mission engineers, seen here in white cleanroom suits, integrate the fourth and final instrument deck onto the thrust tube, which houses the propulsion module, officially making it an observatory.

    NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory

    05.30.13 - On May 20, 2013, the MMS mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center reached an unprecedented milestone: completing the fourth of four observatories, all built for a single mission.

  • This image from JAXA’s Hinode mission shows the lower regions of the sun’s atmosphere, the interface region, which a new mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will study in exquisite detail.

    IRIS Mission Readies For a New Challenge

    05.29.13 - In late June 2013, NASA will launch a new set of eyes to offer the most detailed look ever of the sun's lower atmosphere, known as the interface region.

  • One of 20 balloon launches from Antarctica for the BARREL mission.

    NASA’s BARREL Mission Launches 20 Balloons

    05.21.13 - In Antarctica in January, 2013 scientists released 20 balloons, to study the giant radiation belts surrounding Earth and how they lose particles, causing electrons from the belts to stream down toward the poles.

  • Screen capture from IRIS mission trailer video showing an active solar surface.

    IRIS Mission Readies For a New Challenge

    05.20.13 - NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission to observe a mysterious region of the solar atmosphere that may be crucial to understanding what powers space weather.

  • A NASA Terrier Improved Orion leaves the launch pad on roi Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands on May 9.

    Marshall Islands Campaign Completed

    05.09.13 - The launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket on May 9 brought to an end a very successful campaign studying ionospheric activity and its impact on radio, communication and navigation signals.

  • A NASA Terrier Improved Orion sounding rocket leaves the launch pad.

    Second and Third Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands

    05.07.13 - The Equatorial Vortex Experiment was successfully conducted on May 7 from the Marshall Islands when a NASA Terrier-Oriole sounding rocket was launched followed by the launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket 90 seconds later.

  • MOSC released a Samarium vapor creating a red cloud of charged particles in the ionosphere.

    First of Four Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands

    05.01.13 - A NASA sounding rocket supporting a study of ionosphere and its impact on radio transmissions was launched at 3:38 a.m. EDT, May 1 from Roi-Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

  • The EVEX (Equatorial Vortex Experiment) team readies the launcher.

    NASA Mission to Study What Disrupts Radio Waves

    04.25.13 - A NASA-funded sounding rocket mission will launch this spring to observe the formation of electrical storms in Earth's upper atmosphere that can negatively affect satellite communication and global positioning signals.