Why NASA is sending rockets into Earth’s leaky atmosphere
NASA scientists traveled to Ny-Ålesund to launch rockets through these auroras and witness oxygen particles right in the middle of their escape. Piercing these fleeting auroras, some 300 miles high, would require strategy, patience — and a fair bit of luck. This was NASA’s VISIONS-2 mission, and this is their story.
VISIONS-2 was just the first of many. Over the coming months, rocket teams from all over the world will launch rockets into this region as part of the Grand Challenge Initiative—Cusp, an international collaboration to study the mysteries of the polar atmosphere.
Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.
Complete transcript available.
Music credits: “Journey to the Past”, “New Philosopher”, “Curiosity Cabinet”, “Buzzing Culture”, “Dusk Theories”, “At the Edge of the End” by Laurent Dury [SACEM]; “Strong Voices” by Tom Caffey [ASCAP]; “The Fortune Teller” by Phil Stevens [PRS]; “Shinobi’s Fight” by Benoit Malis [SACEM]; “Spring into Life” by Oliver Worth [PRS]
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
- Douglas E. Rowland (NASA/GSFC)
- Fred Sigernes (Kjell Henriksen Observatory, University Centre in Svalbard)
- Glenn Maxfield (ASRC Federal Space and Defense)
- John C. Hickman (NASA/WFF)
- Jøran Idar Moen (University of Oslo)
- Kjellmar Oksavik (University of Bergen/University Centre in Svalbard)
- Preben Hanssen (Andøya Space Center)
- Sophia Zaccarine (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)