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New atmosphere instrument on International Space Station looking for thunderstorms
6 april 2018 - On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Danish ASIM experiment will be installed on the outside of the European Columbus module of the ISS International Space Station.
The instrument must give us insight into the luminous phenomena that take place over violent thunderstorms. The Belgian B.USOC is responsible for the infrastructure and operations of ASIM.
Belgian atmosphere instrument in excellent health after orbit corrections around Mars
21 March 2018 - Two years after its launch, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) finally settles in its final orbit around Mars. The satellite, which carries the instrument NOMAD of the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) on board, has just completed one year of atmospheric deceleration and is now circling around Mars every 2 hours, some 400 km above the Martian surface.
The Belgian instrument NOMAD, which will search for methane and other important gases in the Martian atmosphere, appears to have passed this period very well and is ready to start its scientific phase within a few weeks.