NASA’s Mission to Explore the Connection Between Earth’s Weather and Space

  • Released Friday, October 4, 2019

NASA’s Mission to Explore the Connection Between Earth’s Weather and Space
Get the Latest Space Weather Forecast from a NASA Scientist Before ICON’s Liftoff

What happens in space doesn’t stay in space. Where Earth and space meet, winds from weather patterns ripple upward while solar energy streams down from above, forming a complex system that affects everyday technologies we rely on.

Next week, NASA will launch the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) to study the ionosphere — a dynamic region of Earth’s upper atmosphere, which is home to colorful auroras, communication satellites, and humans living aboard the International Space Station.

Join NASA scientists from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 9th – just hours before the launch – to learn about ICON and the ever-changing conditions in space, known as space weather.

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Suggested Questions
1. Just like the weather here on Earth, the conditions in space are constantly changing. What’s today’s space weather forecast?
2. From 360 miles above Earth, ICON will see beautiful bright swaths of red and green light in the atmosphere. What is this colorful glow?
3.How does space weather affect us?
4. Why is space weather important in traveling to the Moon and Beyond?
5. Where can we learn more?

Satellite Coordinates
Interview Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD

HD Satellite Coordinates for G17-K18/Upper:
Galaxy 17 Ku-band Xp 18 Slot Upper| 91.0 ° W Longitude | DL 12069.0 MHz | Vertical Polarity | QPSK/DVB-S | FEC 3/4 | SR 13.235 Mbps | DR 18.2954 MHz | HD 720p | Format MPEG2 | Chroma Level 4:2:0 | Audio Embedded


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This page was originally published on Friday, October 4, 2019.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:45 PM EDT.


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