The study of the upper atmosphere,
especially its relationship to Earth and the effect upon it of radiation
bombardment from space. Aeronomy concentrates on the chemistry and physics
of regions above the tropopause. Below
the tropopause is the site of most weather phenomena, which is primarily
the domain of meteorology.
|Explorer 32: an aeronomy satellite that measured
temperature, composition, density, and pressure in the upper atmosphere.
It was launched on May 25, 1966.
Aeronomy research may be conducted by high-altitude scientific balloons,
sounding rockets, and satellites. The science of aeronomy extends also to
other planets and moons that have atmospheres.
- Kaplan, Joseph. "The Aeronomy Story: A Memoir." In Essays on the
History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the Third Through
the Sixth History Symposia of the International Academy of Astronautics,
edited by R. Cargill Hall, Washington D.C.: NASA Conference Publication
2014, 2 (1977): 423-27.
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