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Large red letters spelling "ICON," smaller blue letters below "Ionospheric Connection Explorer"
November 30, 2021

On November 29, 2021, NASA announced a new paper where "scientists presented the first direct measurements" from the ICON mission whose purpose is to observe a very complex geospace system.

The missions goal is to understand the clash between Earth's atmosphere and the space environment in the area above earth called the ionosphere.

Six examples displaying corrugated surfaces at which the centers of UV lines are formed
October 1, 2021

Understanding the magnitude and occurrence of solar storms is key to predicting events that can be harmful to thousands of Earth-orbiting satellites and the welfare of astronauts.

The solar corona photographed by Miloslav Druckmüller from Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic during the 2020 total eclipse over Argentina
September 16, 2021

After almost 8 decades, astronomers still debate the reasons why the Sun and sun-like stars must possess coronae. Philip Judge re-examines the problem and compares it to that of a detective trying to find the lead pipe or smoking gun at the scene of a murder.

Satellite with spectrograph instrumentation hovering over the earth
September 7, 2021

Since 2017, HAO has provided scientific support and analysis for NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD). This mission includes a ultraviolet imaging spectrograph that flies on a commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit taking images of the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere.

HiWIND CG1 1st lab setup for New Zealand flight mission
June 23, 2021

Project scientist, Qian Wu and the HAO engineering team are busy at CG1 1st lab preparing for the HiWIND New Zealand flight anticipated for year 2022. For the first time since the HiWIND 2018 flight, the computer was initiated and the team verified that cables, etc. were in tip-top working condition.