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USU'S (AWE) Mission Will Study Weather From the Space Station

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Mar. 15, 2019

NASA has selected Utah State University’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment mission — known as AWE — to study space weather from the International Space Station. USU Physics Professor Mike Taylor is lead investigator for the AWE mission. He explains the concept.“We’re going to use an instrument,” Taylor explained, “that we’ve developed at the Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) — the Advanced Mesospheric Temperature Mapper — and fly it on the Space Station where it will look down at the earth, during night times, and make measurements of waves propagating up from weather sources in the lower atmosphere and then interfering with the ionospheric region where they affect space weather.” Dr. Taylor said this is the first time that SDL is the main lead. He said the project finds USU scientists working together with USU-SDL engineers.The launch is planned for August 2022.

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