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Dingell Congratulates University of Michigan on Selection for NASA Mission Investigation

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell today congratulates the University of Michigan on being selected to lead an investigation for NASA’s Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission.

“The University of Michigan remains at the forefront of cutting-edge research and scientific advancement,” said Dingell. “This investigation will help us better understand our Earth’s atmosphere, and the atmospheres of other planets in our solar system and beyond. I am proud of University of Michigan faculty and students whose work is advancing our understanding of our planet and its place in our universe.” 

According to NASA, this mission will provide key advances in our understanding of Earth’s ionosphere-thermosphere system, including providing the scientific foundation for our ability to quantify and forecast space weather effects both on Earth and in space. The Near Earth Magnetometer Instrument in a Small Integrated System (NEMISIS) investigation – led by Professor Mark Moldwin from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering – will map out and study the electromagnetic energy that enters the upper atmosphere from Earth’s magnetosphere. It will quantify how these energy inputs vary in both space and time, and how they directly drive and control dynamics observed in the ionosphere-thermosphere system across all spatial and temporal scales.

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