The AZURE mission will study auroras • Earth.com

Last update: October 15th, 2019 at 1:07 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA introduces the successful launch of the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE) mission on April 5, 2019.

The two rockets that were deployed carried scientific instruments for studying the energy exchange within an aurora.

The AZURE mission is designed to measure the atmospheric density and temperature with these instruments through the use of visible gas tracers.

According to NASA, AZURE will provide important data on the flow of particles in two key regions of the ionosphere over a range of different altitudes.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff

Image Credit: NASA

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