NASA Investigating Mysterious Glowing Clouds, Possibly Caused by Global Warming...

03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Maggie McKee New Scientist

Glowing, silvery blue clouds that have been spreading around the world and brightening mysteriously in recent years will soon be studied in unprecedented detail by a NASA spacecraft.

The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission will be the first satellite dedicated to studying this enigmatic phenomenon. Due to launch in late 2006, it should reveal whether the clouds are caused by global warming, as many scientists believe.

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