CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - AIM -
Full Name Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere Status Operational (extended)
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 25 Apr 2007
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2025
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Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 97.78 deg
Orbit Altitude 600 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications AIM is a minisatellite mission within NASA's SMEX (Small Explorer) program designed to provide frequent, low-cost access to space for a variety of missions (the AIM mission was selected in July 2002 with final approval in May 2004). The objective of AIM is to study the causes of Earth's highest-altitude clouds, which occur on the very edge of space. These clouds, referred to as PMCs (Polar Mesospheric Clouds), form in the coldest part of the atmosphere, about 50-90 km above the polar regions, every summer
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