After years of delays, NASA finally launched its new research satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at approximately 10:00PM on October 10th. Named ICON, or Ionospheric Connection Explorer, the satellite will collect data to help scientists study the still mysterious relationship between space weather and terrestrial weather. The goal is to place a new satellite in orbit 360 miles above the Earth’s surface, to collect data on space weather events that occur as charged particles from the sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Scroll down for video The ICON satellite was carried on a Northrup Grumman Pegasus XL rocket (pictured above) that was launched under-wing by a Stargazer L-1011 aircraft. “The ionosphere is a remarkable physics lab,” NASA’s Nicky Fox said during the launch. “It’s not only a great place to go and study plasma physics, but it’s also a region that has a big space weather impact on us.” Data about space weather can be valuable both for scientific research and because it can effect a number of satellites currently in orbit in the ionosphere. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NASA administrator rebukes Elon Musk in joint press… Aerial photographs reveal 100 years of ice loss on Mont… Ice is discovered in fresh… Read full this story
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