Earth’s magnetosphere, revealing the northern and southern polar cusps (illustration).
Credit: And & oslash; ya Area Center/Trond Abrahamsen.
On Jan. 4, 2019, at 4: 37 a.m. EST the CAPER-2 objective released from the And & oslash; ya Area Center in Andenes, Norway, on a 4-stage Black Brant XII sounding rocket. Reaching an apogee of 480 miles high prior to crashing in the Arctic Sea, the rocket flew through active aurora borealis, or northern lights, to study the waves that speed up electrons into our environment.
CAPER-2, brief for Cusp Alfvén...