NASA set to launch Dynamo 2 mission to study atmospheric Dynamo

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NASA set to launch Dynamo 2 mission to study atmospheric Dynamo (Image: Pixabay)
NASA set to launch Dynamo 2 mission to study atmospheric Dynamo (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : With efforts to team up with satellites so that the scientists can study the giant electric current in Earth’s ionosphere, NASA will not will launch two different rockets on different days. These rockets will come in sync with the NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite that is also referred as ICON to get a better explanation and an in-depth analysis in understanding the atmospheric dynamo. 

A collaborator for the same project and a well renowned space physicist from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Scott England spoke to WION and talked about details from NASA's Dynamo-2 Mission. 

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Scott England shared his views about the new Dynamo-2 project being taken up by NASA and said that it is a tricky project as it involves measurements in space. It is mostly a problem because the air is too thin for an aircraft and also extremely dense to fly most spacecraft in such conditions. 

According to NASA, the meaning of atmospheric dynamo is basically a pattern of electrical current that moves around in continent-sized circuits.

All these waves are usually measured with the help of magnetometers on land. The mission will enable scientists to monitor how exactly these currents affect the Earth’s magnetic field.

NASA’s  Dynamo-2 mission rockets are all set to take off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. This can happen anytime between July 6-20 as these two rockets will be launched into space on different days. They have now confirmed July 6, from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT to be the launch window and have also released two different windows for the launch. The second one is set to be launched from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT between July 7-13. If not possible, then NASA could use their third window for the launch that has been set for 8 a.m. to noon EDT on July 14-20. The readers can log onto Wallops Youtube Site if they want to see the launch of NASA’s  Dynamo-2 mission rockets. It has also been confirmed that the users cannot go to NASA Visitor Center at Wallops as it is going to be shut for the launch.