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AIM Heads For Orbit

The Pegasus rocket ignites to launch the AIM spacecraft into orbit. Photo credit: NASA
by Staff Writers
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Apr 26, 2007
NASA's AIM spacecraft is beginning its two-year mission after a flawless ride to Earth orbit aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket. Launch took place at 1:26 PDT. Launch operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ran smoothly today, with no technical or weather issues causing concern.

The AIM mission is the first dedicated to exploring mysterious ice clouds that dot the edge of space in Earth's polar regions. These clouds have grown brighter and more prevalent in recent years and some scientists suggest that changes in these clouds may be the result of climate change.

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