“Sometimes you only get a box of band aids and rubberbands. That was the case here.”

It was an interesting launch of the ICON spacecraft the week of October 9th, here at the Space Sciences Lab. During a “normal” launch, there are many things that all need to line up, such as, Observatory (ICON), Rocket (Pegasus), Plane (Stargazer L-1011), Eastern Test Range (Tracking), Weather, and of course our Mission Operations Center
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Watch live coverage on Thursday Oct 10, beginning at 6:15 pm Pacific (9:15 pm Eastern)

NASA TV coverage of ICON launch. Launch is targeted at 6:30 pm Pacific, during the 90-minute launch window opening at 6:25 pm Pacific. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet.  ICON will launch from Cape Canaveral Air
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ICON on the move

We are rolling in Vandenberg Air Force Base as our crew completed all-day operations to move and mate the #Pegasus rocket to the #Stargazer #L1011 airplane in preparation for the June 14 launch of #NASAICON. Developed, integrated and tested by our teams in Dulles, VA and Gilbert, AZ, ICON will be the newest addition to
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Reconnection tames the turbulent magnetic fields around Earth

Magnetic reconnection, one of the most important processes in the plasma-filled space around Earth, dissipates magnetic energy and propels charged particles, both of which contribute to a dynamic space weather system that scientists want to understand and someday predict. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng video) The discovery will help scientists understand the role magnetic
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