NASA’s ICON: Countdown to T-Zero for a Mission to Study Space Weather

Where does Earth’s atmosphere end and space begin? This and other questions soon will be answered by NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite. Get ready to watch as the Pegasus countdown reaches T-Zero from its carrier aircraft flying near the Kennedy Space Center. Learn more about this mission that launched on Oct. 10, 2019
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25 Years of Science in the Solar Wind

In the early 1980s, heliophysicists needed answers. They wanted to learn how to protect astronauts and assets around Earth from the potentially damaging space weather that results from our tumultuous Sun. To do that, they needed to better understand the constantly changing, dynamic space system around our planet — including measurements of the properties of
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13 Years Ago Today, the Twin STEREO Spacecraft Launched to Study the Sun.

A few years after launch, these twin spacecraft provided the first-ever 360-degree view of the Sun. Today, STEREO-A has a distinct view of our star from its unique vantage point in space. STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is the third mission in NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Probes program (STP). The mission, launched in October 2006, has
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Artemis, meet ARTEMIS: Pursuing Sun Science at the Moon

By 2024, NASA will land astronauts, including the first woman and next man, on the Moon as part of the Artemis lunar exploration program. This won’t be the first time NASA takes the name Artemis to the Moon though. Two robotic spacecraft orbiting the Moon today were initially known as ARTEMIS — short for Acceleration,
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Ten Highlights From NASA’s Van Allen Probes Mission

After seven years of operations, and upon finally running out of propellant, the second of the twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft will be retired on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Spacecraft A of the Van Allen Probes mission will be shut down by operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland. The
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“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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Live coverage: NASA satellite to ride air-launched Pegasus to orbit Wednesday night Oct 9

10/09/2019 05:37 The latest official weather forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron continues to predict a 70 percent probability of unfavorable weather for launch this evening. “A weak surface trough continues to affect the Florida peninsula this morning,” the range weather team wrote in this morning’s forecast. “It will move slowly
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