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The Edge of Space: Exploring the Upper Atmosphere
The Edge of Space Exploring the Upper Atmosphere Author:Richard A. Craig The upper atmosphere extends from an altitude of about six miles above the earth's surface to the edge of interplanetary space, hundreds of miles up. Within this vast zone exist widely varying conditions of temperature and air density, many quite contrary to everything we experience in the atmosphere directly around and over us in which most of ... more »what we know as weather takes place.
Dr. Craig, professor of meteorology at Florida State University, explains how the upper atmosphere is explored - by balloons, satellites, rockets, and ground-based measurements; how meteorologists have learned about sunspots, atmospheric tides, and the aurora borealis; and how the upper atmosphere affects communications and space flight.« less