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Article of the Month: Updated February 12, 2018

Illustration showing GOLD and ICON missions in relation to the layers of Earth's atmosphere

This illustration shows the layers of Earth's atmosphere. NASA's GOLD and ICON missions will work together to study the ionosphere. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Duberstein (modified)

What Is the Ionosphere?

High above Earth is a very active part of our upper atmosphere called the ionosphere. The ionosphere gets its name from ions-tiny charged particles that blow around in this layer of the atmosphere. In 2018, NASA has plans to launch two missions that will work together to study the ionosphere.

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Sixty Years of Observing Our Earth

The United States launched its first satellite on Jan. 31, 1958. It was called Explorer 1, and it weighed in at only about 30 pounds. This little satellite carried America’s first scientific instruments into space: temperature sensors, a microphone, radiation detectors and more.

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article last updated February 12, 2018
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