NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is set to finally launch the long-delayed ICON mission on the Northrop Grumman Pegasus rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:30 pm. The satellite will study the frontier of space, or the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above. This is the region where the tenuous gases travel through in giant winds, which can change on a wide variety of time scales. Read more for a video and additional information.
This is the area through which radio communications and GPS signals travel and variations can result in distortions or even complete disruption of signals. To better understand this complicated region of near-Earth space, called the ionosphere, NASA is finally set to begin the ICON mission. This requires a detailed look at a complicated system that is driven by both terrestrial and space weather.