Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | NASA Balloon Mission observes Polar Mesospheric Clouds

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September 23, 2018 |

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Hexbyte - News - Science/Nature | NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHexbyte - News - Science/Nature | Polar mesospheric clouds observed by NASA’s PMC Turbo mission as it flew over the Arctic in July 2018. (NASA/PMC Turbo/Joy Ng)Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, spacecraft, which launched in 2007 into a low-Earth orbit.

AIM tracks large scale features in the clouds across a global scale, but can only resolve features a couple miles across. PMC Turbo helps fill in the details, explaining what happens at smaller scales where turbulence occurs.

The PMC Turbo payload was successfully recovered from its landing site in the Canadian Arctic and the recovered instruments are expected to contribute to future missions, including one anticipated to fly next December over Antarctica.

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