Exploring our Escaping Atmosphere

Thu Oct 17, 11:30am–12:30pm
Presented by: Library of Congress
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Every day the Earth loses tons of its atmosphere to space, boiled by solar radiation and the solar wind. To examine this phenomenon, NASA recently launched a camera carrying rocket into space, high above Ny-Ålesund, Norway, the world’s northernmost town and the one inhabited place where the solar wind has direct access to our atmosphere. Dr. Douglas Rowland will discuss the recent NASA suborbital rocket campaign and how these effects can be critical in determining the habitability of other planets.

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