Saturday, April 22, 2017
The NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) Project
10:00 am-4:00 pm Add
Lawrence Hall of Science (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be the newest addition to NASA's fleet of heliophysics satellites; heliophysics is the study of the relationship between Earth and the sun. Led by UC Berkeley, scientists and engineers from around the world are coming together to make ICON a reality. The ICON mission, launching this fall, seeks to understand the tug-of-war between Earth's atmosphere and the space environment. ICON will investigate the forces at work in the near-space environment, leading the way to understanding disturbances that can lead to severe interference with communications (such as radio) and GPS signals (used for navigation on land and sea). On Cal Day, a lifesize 3D model of the ICON payload (the instruments that will be aboard the spacecraft to collect information in space) will be on display in the Lawrence Hall of Science lobby. The real ICON payload is being loaded onto a spacecraft in preparation for launch. The lead of the NASA ICON project, principal investigator Dr. Thomas Immel, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to show you the model and talk about what ICON will do after it launches into space.