Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration
Description of the IMAGE project at Taylor University
IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) is a satellite that was launched in 2000 to study how the solar wind affects the Earth's magnetosphere. In order to do this, the satellite will carry sensors that will make images of the neutral atoms, ultraviolet rays, and radio plasma it finds in its orbit.
Taylor's role in IMAGE
The Taylor University Physics Department is building the solid-state detector portion of the high energy neutral atoms (HENA) instrument.
Eventually we will be receiving data from the IMAGE satellite about the particles in the magnetosphere and how their distribution changes. Here is a sample interface of the data analysis program.
The data and images from IMAGE will be used in a program for Public Outreach, Education, Teaching, and Reaching Youth (POETRY).