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ARTEMIS P2 (THEMIS C)

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ARTEMIS P2 (THEMIS C) can be found in the following categories:
Space & Earth Science

NORAD ID: 30582
Int'l Code: 2007-004C
Launch date: February 17, 2007
Source: United States (US)
Comments: Aiming to uncover the physics that power the auroras that crown Earth's poles, five tiny probes have been launched into space for a synchronized orbital dance to locate where the trigger is pulled to create the eerily magnificent displays. Each of the 282-pound spacecraft is equipped with identical suites of instruments to examine the origin of space explosions known as substorms. The events start with the soup of ionized particles from the sun, called the solar wind, buffeting the Earth at a million miles per hour. Some of that energy gets trapped in the magnetic field, causing the field lines to stretch back in the direction opposite the sun like rubberbands. But when stretched too far the lines snap, releasing the energy that generates shimmering auroral displays.

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Source: AFSPC

NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for ARTEMIS P2 (THEMIS C)

 
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