Experts at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will soon launch a series of four rockets into Earth’s ionosphere, a layer of the atmosphere that contains mysterious electric currents. Some of the these little-understood currents interfere with electrical signals coming from satellites.
The exact nature and source of these interactions has yet to be determined, investigators say, which is why the new mission is being carried out. Atmospheric scientists suspect that the interferences are coming from the ionosphere. (more…)