Atmosphere-Space Interaction Monitor

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Atmosphere-Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM) is a project led by the European Space Agency.[1] It will place cameras and x-ray- and γ-detectors on the International Space Station, where it will observe the upper atmosphere, looking for sprites, jets and elves and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes in connection with thunderstorms. It is hoped that measurements of these phenomena from space will contribute to our understanding of the upper atmosphere.[2]

ASIM is scheduled to be mounted on the Columbus External Payload Facility in 2017 (originally planned to be done in 2014). Danish tech company Terma A/S is running the technical part of the project for the ESA[3] and DTU Space (National Space Institute) from the Technical University of Denmark provides the scientific leadership of the project.[4]

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