What are the main scientific objectives of the mission?

The IMAGE satellite was designed to provide new insights to the following questions in space physics:

  1. How is plasma injected into the magnetosphere during magnetic storms and sub-storms?
  2. How does the magnetosphere get changed by its interaction with the solar wind?
  3. How are the plasmas within the magnetosphere accelerated?
  4. How are the plasmas transported from place to place within the magnetosphere?
  5. What processes causes magnetospheric plasmas to be lost from the system during storms and sub-storms?


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