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Atmosphere Explorer Satellite Press Kit

Atmosphere Explorer Satellite Press Kit

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Published by Bob Andrepont
NASA press kit for Explorer 51
NASA press kit for Explorer 51

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Nov 14, 2010
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E7l9
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
-/A
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
Washington,
D.
C.
20546
202-755.8370
FOR
RELEASE:
December
10,
1973
PROJECT:
ATMOSPHEREEXPLORERSATELLITE
(AE-C)
contents
S
GENERALRELEASE
..............1-4
MISSIONDESCRIPTION
............5-7
SPACECRAFT DESCRIPTION
..........
8-13
SCIENTIFICINSTRUMENTS
...........
14-21
TRACKINGAND DATA ACQUISITION
........
2-23
DATAPROCESSINGAND ANALYSIS
PLAN
......
3-24
LAENCH
OPERATIONS
..............5
AE-CMISSION
FACTSAT
A
GLANCE
......26|
PROGRAMMANAGEMENT
.........
.
..
27-28
 
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
w-
Washington,
D. C.
20546
FOR
RELEASE:
Nick
Panagakos December
10,
1973
Headquarters,Washington,
D.C.(Phone:
202/755-368n)
Joseph McRobertsGoddard
Space
Flight
Center,
Greenbelt,
Md.(Phone:
301/982-5566)
RELEASE
NO:
73-269
ORBIT-CHANGING SPACECRAFT
READY FOR LAUNCH
NASA
is
preparing
to
launch
a
maneuverable unmannedspacecraft
thatwill
be
linkedthrough
a
sophisticatedgroundcomputer with scientists
in
widely
scattered parts
of the
country
in
a
globalstudy
of
Earth's
outer
atmosphere.
AtmosphereExplorer
C
(AE-C)
will
be
launched
atop
a
Delta
rocket
from
the
WesternTest
Range,
Lompoc,
Calif.,
about December
13.
Purpose
of
this
and
two
subsequent missions
in
1975
is
to
explore
in
detail
an area from
120
to 300
kilometers
(72
to 120
miles)
altitude where important energy
transfer,atomic,
and
molecular processes
and
chemical reactions occur
that
are
critical
tothe
heat
balance
of
the
atmosphere.
-more-
November
23,
1973
 
-2-
Up
tonow,
this
area
has
beenprobed
a
few
minutes
ata
time
by
sounding
rocketsand
onlv
at
widelyseparated
points,
mostly
in
the
Western
Hemisphere.An
extensiveworld-wideinvestigation
of
this
regionwillhave
a
signi-figantimpacton
the
scientificcommunity'sefforts
to
constructcompletemodels
of
Earth's
outerenvironment,andwillalsoadd
to
our
understanding
of
the
complexenergy-conversicnprocesseswhichcontrol
this
envirnoment.The
mainenergy
input
to
the
atmosphere
is
known
to
come
from
the
absorption
ofsolar
ultraviolet
radiation,and
a
substantialportion
comesfrom
the
solar
wind
(a
mass
of
ionized
gas
flowingoutof
the
Sun)
interactingwith
the
atmosphere
in
the
polar
regions.An
immediateconsequence
ofthis
interaction
canbe
seen
in
theaurae,
whosebands
of
light
consume
more
energy
than
is
used
bythe
entire
United
States.
The
magnitude
and
variability
of
this
highlatitudeheatsourcewhich,
duringgeomagneticstorms
causes
worldwideradio
blackouts,
is
poorlyunderstood.Animportantobjective
ofthis
mission
is
to
investigate
these
processes
and
mechanisms.
The
spacecraft
will
alsoexamineparticle
fluxes,
airglow
intensities,
plasma
densities,and
temperatures
and
magnetic
fields
atthe
low
altitudeswhere
the
energydissipation
occurs.
Thasemeasurements
will
be
used
to
assess
the
heatbalance
and
energyconversionmechanisms,
as
well
as
the
flow
of
heat
or
energy
fromone
hemisphere
totheother.
-more-

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