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A Space Station View On Giant Lightning

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October 4, 2005
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Do giant flashes of lightning striking upwards from thunder clouds merely pose an extraordinarily spectacular view? Or do they actually alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, playing a role in ozone depletion and the climate on Earth? This is the key question that may be answered by specially designed cameras, which ESA proposes to place on board the International Space Station.

Altitude seperates blue jets (lowest altitude) from red sprites (middle) and elves (highest).
Credit: Danish National Space Center


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