OTD One Year Ago Today, October 10, 2019 ICON Launched to Study the Ionosphere

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Our Ionospheric Connection Explorer launched one year ago today! ICON orbits directly through some of the most dynamic regions of Earth’s upper atmosphere, investigating changes that can impact our technology and astronauts. One year out and the observatory is gathering volumes of data and making new discoveries.

L-1011 Stargazer with ICON on the Runway
L-1011 Stargazer with Pegaus Rocket carrying ICON Spacecraft takes off for Launch
ICON Observatory in the Cleanroom undergoing final launch preparations

Learn More about the Mission:


UC Berkeley – Space Sciences Lab

NASA Sun Science