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Instruments Aboard the AIM Spacecraft

Why AIM?

The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or “AIM”, experiment is a NASA space mission designed to study the highest clouds in the earth’s atmosphere – clouds at the edge of space. more >

NLC E-Book

Observing Noctilucent Clouds
by M. Gadsden and P. Parviainen
E-book available and published by the International Association of Geomagnitism and Aeronomy (IAGA)


Launch Date:
25 April 2007
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Launch Vehicle:
Pegasus XL

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AIM Arrives at Vandenberg
12 March 2007
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NASA’s AIM Observes Early Noctilucent Ice Clouds Over Antarctica (December 2016)

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More on the Web

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere—CIPS Instrument.
Realtime NLC Gallery.

Spaceweather (2016, June 29) Climate Change at the Edge of Space

NASA Earth Observatory (2013, June 25) Early Start for Noctilucent Clouds.

NASA Earth Observatory (2011, January 27) Night-Shining Clouds Are Getting Brighter.

AIM Mission Colors

RGB = R:0 G:141 B:207
CMYK = C:90 M:30 Y:0.5 K:0

RGB = R:255 G:153 B:51
CMYK = C:0 M:48 Y:88 K:0

Light Purple
RGB = R:153 G:153 B:204
CMYK = C:45 M:29 Y:0 K:0

Dark Purple
RGB = R:51 G:0 B:102
CMYK = C:77 M:73 Y:0.5 K:46

RGB = R:0 G:0 B:0
CMYK = C:100 M:40 Y:40 K:100

RGB = R:255 G:255 B:255
CMYK = C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:0

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