Explorer 32

Explorer 32: an aeronomy satellite that measured temperature, composition, density, and pressure in the upper atmosphere. It was launched on 25 May 1966.

Aeronomy is the study of the upper atmosphere, especially its relationship to Earth and the effect upon it of radiation bombardment from space. It 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.


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.



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