Swarm Mission - Launching for Geomagnetics

Swarm is a European Space Agency (ESA) mission to study the Earth's magnetic field. The launch has been delayed and rescheduled to the 22nd of November 2013, from Plesetsek, Russia. (CC-BY-SA Wikipedia)

  1. The Swarm constellation consists of three satellites to be placed in two different polar orbits

  2. Three Swarm satellites in a row waiting to join the launch adapter
    Three Swarm satellites in a row waiting to join the launch adapter
  3. Why would we want to map the geomagnetic field?
  4. Northern Lights Over the Alaska Range
    Northern Lights Over the Alaska Range
  5. Magnetic field: an introduction
  6. Well the geomagnetic shield of the Earth is the reason for many effects we can actually see on Earth (such as the Aurorae). To quote ESA:

    "By analysing the different characteristics of the observed field, this state-of-the-art mission will lead to new insight into many natural processes, from those occurring deep inside the planet to weather in space caused by solar activity. In turn, this information will yield a better understanding of why the magnetic field is weakening. "
  7. ESA is just getting ready for launch. The pre-launch party on
  8. All lights are green.
  9. Everyone is concentrated at the control room
  10. 10 Minutes to go!
  11. Watch the live stream!
  12. Don't forget, they do this awesome stuff for a living, but:
  13. Countdown! So many countries involved, so many languages counting.
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