|Name||AEPEX (Atmospheric Effects of Precipitation through Energetic X-rays)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||not launched, expected in 2024|
|Organisation||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
Investigate electrons that fall into Earth’s atmosphere from the Van Allen radiation belts.
Investigate electrons that fall into Earth’s atmosphere from the Van Allen radiation belts. These electrons interact with the atmosphere and have major implications for the atmospheric ozone balance.
Scientific investigation mission that aims to better understand the influence of the magnetosphere on the Earth’s upper atmosphere through energetic particle precipitation (EPP).
One of the key uncertainties in reaching closure on how EPP impacts the atmosphere is the lack of knowledge regarding how much energy is put into the atmosphere via EPP. To address this uncertainty, the primary objective of AEPEX is to quantify the energy deposition to the atmosphere from energetic particles that precipitate from the radiation belts and other sources.
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