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NASA aims to clear up mystery of elusive clouds at edge of space

Photo: The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft will study noctilucent, or Polar Mesospheric, clouds.

April 11, 2007
NASA is preparing to launch the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft, the first mission dedicated to exploration of 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.

The first opportunity for launch is on Wednesday, April 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard a Pegasus launch vehicle.

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