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Satellite details
Acronym IMAGE
Full name Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the IMAGE programme.
  • Also known as Explorer 78.
  • Main mission: magnetosphere/ionosphere processes.
  • Highly elliptical orbit (perigee 1,000 km, apogee 46,000 km, quadratic average 6,782 km).
Mass at launch 536 kg Dry mass 496 kg
Power 250 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data distribution from the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).
  • Also, S-band real-time access to scientific data.
Orbit Cross-magnetosphere orbit Altitude 6782 km
Inclination 90 °


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 25 Mar 2000 EOL 15 Dec 2005
Last update: 2015-07-28
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on IMAGE

Acronym Full name
LENA Low-Energy Neutral-Atom Imager
MENA Medium-Energy Neutral-Atom Imager
HENA High-Energy Neutral-Atom Imager
EUV Extreme Ultraviolet Imager
FUV/WIC Far Ultraviolet Imager / Wideband Imaging Camera
FUV/SI Far Ultraviolet Imager / Spectrographic Imager
FUV/GEO Far Ultraviolet Imager / Geocorona Photometer
RPI Radio Plasma Imaging
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