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NASA To IMAGE Magnetosphere
News story originally written on February 19, 1999

NASA is going to launch the Imager for Magnetopause -to- Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). IMAGE will take pictures of the Earth's magnetosphere for the first time. The mission will launch on February 15, 2000.

IMAGE will follow a very elliptical orbit around the Earth. It will be the closest at 600 miles above the surface. It will then swing out to almost 27,000 miles above the surface. From this distance, the instruments on IMAGE will be able to see the Earth's entire magnetosphere at the same time.


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