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The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (Icon) Mission

Douglas Rowland

Book Details

  • Publisher: Springer
  • Publish Date: Jun 22nd, 2023
  • Pages: 316
  • Language: English
  • Edition: 2022 -
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9789402421651
  • Categories: Physics - AstrophysicsPhysics - NuclearSpace Science - Astronomy

About the Author

Dr. Rowland served as ICON Mission Scientist from 2013 to 2018. He currently serves as Chief of NASA Goddard's Ionosphere, Thermosphere, Mesosphere Physics Laboratory, and as Project Scientist for the Geospace Dynamics Constellation mission. His research interests include ionospheric electrodynamics, ion-neutral coupling, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, and atmosphere-ionosphere coupling. He has also served as the PI of two sounding rocket missions to study the low-altitude sources of ion outflow: VISIONS from Poker Flat in 2013, and VISIONS-2 from Ny-Alesund Norway in 2018. Prior to his current role, he was a research scientist at Goddard starting in 2005. He came to Goddard as a National Research Council Fellow in 2003 after completing his PhD at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Thomas Immel is the Princial Investigator (PI) on the NASA Ionospheric Connection mission. He earned his docotorate degree at the University of Alaska through the analysis of satellite data regarding the Earth dayglow. He joined the Space Science Laboratory in 2000 and worked on satellite based imaging data from the NASA IMAGE satellite. He has shown that satellite based imaging of oxygen emissions provides a way to monitor the dynamics of the Earth's ionosphere and showed that the ionosphere is responsive to low altitude tropospheric conditions in addition to the previously known solar influences. As PI, he headed the Berkeley team to propose the ICON mission and oversaw ICON mission development and implementation.