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NASA Will IMAGE the Magnetosphere
News story originally written on March 20, 2000
Make way for NASA's next satellite! The Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) will spend two years studying Earth's magnetosphere. The launch will be March 25th.
IMAGE will take photographs of the particles that make up the magnetosphere. Scientists will then make movies from the pictures. Scientists say this is important to space weather because of the solar wind.
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