Points to Remember:
- NASA launched a satellite called ICON, Ionospheric Connection Explorer, to explore the dynamic region where air meets space.
- The refrigerator-sized satellite will study the airglow formed from gases in the ionosphere and also measure the charged environment around the 580-kilometer-high spacecraft.
- Notably, the satellite was scheduled to be launched in 2017 but faced a delay.
- The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket, which was released in midair from its carrier plane, a Stargazer L-1011.
- A NASA satellite launched last year, Gold, is also studying the upper atmosphere, but from much higher up. More missions are planned in coming years to study the ionosphere, including from the International Space Station.
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Important Possible questions based on above News:
- Recently NASA has launched a satellite to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space, called: ICON
- What is the expanded form of ICON, a satellite to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space? Ionospheric Connection Explorer
- Which space agency has launched a satellite called ICON to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space? NASA