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Atmospheric waves experiment (AWE)

Atmospheric waves experiment (AWE) mind map
Mission of opportunity
Under NASA's heliophysics explorers program
Objectives
Study terrestrial and space weather interactions
Investigate airglow
Bands of light in Earth's atmosphere
Features
Advanced mesospheric temperature mapper (ATMT)
Mounted on ISS
Record airglow at mesopause
Infrared bandwidth
Mesopause details
Between mesosphere and thermosphere
Altitude
85 to 87 km above Earth's surface
Temperature
Dips to -100° C
Functions
Image airglow continuously
Study atmospheric gravity waves (AGW)
Produced by weather events like thunderstorms
Contribute to space weather
Space weather specifics
Environment around Earth and other planets
Influenced by
Sun-bound emissions
Surrounding matters in space
Earth's influence
Extreme terrestrial weather impacts space conditions
Importance
Affects vital Earth installations
Satellite communication
Radio communication
Space-based infrastructures
Aircraft orbits
Stations
Effects of space weather
Atmospheric phenomena
Energetic electrons
Damage to spacecraft electronics
Solar flare protons
Radiation effects
On avionics
Communications
Earth impacts
Ionospheric currents
GPS signal scintillation
Disruption in navigation systems
Geomagnetically induced currents
In power systems
Potential for outages
Telluric currents in pipelines
Corrosion risks
Induced effects in submarine cables
Communication disruptions

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