What are the main practical objectives of the mission?

Space weather forecasting depends, for its accuracy, on a detailed understanding of how solar storm effects are transmitted into the near-earth environment where satellites and human space activity take place. The IMAGE mission is designed to provide in situ measurements of the detailed changes in the high-energy particles and plasmas during solar storms, and non-storm, periods. From this new knowledge, greatly improved models of the dynamics of the near-earth environment will be created, that will improve the accuracy of space weather forecasts. This will impact the accuracy of adverse weather warnings for satellites and human activities.

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