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According to a recent NASA announcement, Utah State University (USU) will fly their Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) and Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) to the International Space Station (ISS) this December. AWE’s goal is to study atmospheric gravity waves and space weather, particularly in relation to how both phenomena are influenced by gravity waves within the mesopause, the upper border of the Earth’s mesosphere.The AWE Opto-Mechanical Assembly (OMA) being mounted to the flight EXPRESS Payload Adapter (ExPA) at SDL facilities on Utah State University’s Innovation Campus by Space Dynamics Laboratory Engineer and Scientist Brian Thompson (left), Engineering Associate Dave Griffin (center), and Mission Assurance Manager Russ Kirkham (right). (Credit: SDL/Allison Bills).

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