ICON

New Scientific Paper Featuring Observations from NASA's ICON Mission

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

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.

Control of ionospheric plasma velocities by thermospheric winds

A three-dimensional diagram ICON observations Indicating In-situ Ion Drift
Friday, October 22, 2021

Earth’s equatorial ionosphere exhibits significant and unpredictable day-to-day variations in density and morphology. This presents difficulties in preparing for adverse impacts on technological systems even 24 hours in advance.

Post-midnight O+ Depletions Observed by ICON: Data/Model Comparison

Data/Model Comparison
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The NASA Ionosphere Connection explorer was launched in October 2019 with the goal of understanding the transition from Earth's atmosphere to space by measuring key quantities at low latitudes.

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