IMAGE Project: Geophysical Research Letters Special Issue

Articles from the March 2001 IMAGE special Issue of Geophysical Research Letters

  1. Burch, J. L., et al., Global dynamics of the plasmasphere and ring current during magnetic storms, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1159-1162, March, 2001. [Abstract]

  2. Cummer, S. A., et al., A test of magnetospheric radio tomographic imaging with IMAGE and WIND, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1131-1134, March, 2001. [Abstract] [PDF Article]

  3. Frey, H. U., et al., The electron and proton aurora as seen by IMAGE-FUV and FAST, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1135-1138, March, 2001. [Abstract]

  4. Fuselier, S. A., et al., Ion outflow observed by IMAGE: Implications for source regions and heating mechanisms, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1163-1166, March, 2001. [PDF Article]

  5. Mende, S. B., et al., Global observations of proton and electron auroras in a substorm, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1139-1142, March, 2001. [Abstract]

  6. Mitchell, D. G., et al., Imaging Two Geomagnetic Storms in Energetic Neutral Atoms, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1151-1154, March, 2001.

  7. Moore, T. E., et al., Low Energy Neutral Atoms in the Magnetosphere Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1143-1146, March, 2001. [Abstract] [PDF Article]

  8. Perez, J. D., et al., Initial ion equatorial pitch angle distributions from medium and high energy neutral atom images obtained by IMAGE, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1155-1158, March, 2001.

  9. Pollock, C. J., et al., First medium energy neutral atom (MENA) images of Earth's magnetosphere during substorm and storm-time, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1147-1150, March, 2001. [Abstract]

  10. Reinisch, B. W., et al., First results from the Radio Plasma Imager on IMAGE, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 28, No. 6 , pp. 1167-1170, March, 2001. [Abstract]

IMAGE scores "firsts" (A.G.U. Overview of the IMAGE Special Issue of GRL)

The March 15 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, published by the American Geophysical Union, carries a special section on the IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) spacecraft. A number of "firsts" are reported in this special section, including the first images of low-energy neutral atoms from the solar wind and the ionosphere, the first results of magnetospheric sounding, and the first determination of the spatial distribution of the ring current and plasmasphere.

Numerous satellites have mapped out the Earth's magnetosphere by directly measuring their local plasma and fields environment. Through in-situ measurements of ever increasing sensitivity and resolution, these missions have identified key processes that couple the magnetosphere to the solar wind and ionosphere and have established the basic magnetospheric disturbance modes. Since the early 1980s, in-situ observations have been routinely complemented by auroral imaging, which has proven an invaluable diagnostic of the state of the magnetosphere.

Lacking until now, however, has been the capability to obtain simultaneous, global images that are needed to reveal the large- scale distribution and dynamics of the various plasmas that populate the magnetosphere. To address this need, NASA's IMAGE spacecraft, the first dedicated to magnetospheric imaging, was launched on March 25, 2000. Using advance imaging techniques, IMAGE provides comprehensive multispectral imaging of key magnetospheric plasma regions and boundaries.

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