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Views of Earth's magnetosphere with the image satellite.
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PMID:  11158668     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The IMAGE spacecraft uses photon and neutral atom imaging and radio sounding techniques to provide global images of Earth's inner magnetosphere and upper atmosphere. Auroral imaging at ultraviolet wavelengths shows that the proton aurora is displaced equatorward with respect to the electron aurora and that discrete auroral forms at higher latitudes are caused almost completely by electrons. Energetic neutral atom imaging of ions injected into the inner magnetosphere during magnetospheric disturbances shows a strong energy-dependent drift that leads to the formation of the ring current by ions in the several tens of kiloelectron volts energy range. Ultraviolet imaging of the plasmasphere has revealed two unexpected features-a premidnight trough region and a dayside shoulder region-and has confirmed the 30-year-old theory of the formation of a plasma tail extending from the duskside plasmasphere toward the magnetopause.
J L Burch; S B Mende; D G Mitchell; T E Moore; C J Pollock; B W Reinisch; B R Sandel; S A Fuselier; D L Gallagher; J L Green; J D Perez; P H Reiff
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  291     ISSN:  0036-8075     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2001 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-22     Completed Date:  2001-03-15     Revised Date:  2007-03-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  619-24     Citation Subset:  -    
Southwest Research Institute, Post Office Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228, USA.
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