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The CINEMA satellite will observe and obtain images of an electrical current that encircles the Earth, known as the “ring current.” This ring current has been known to blow out power grids on Earth during large magnetic space storms. If CINEMA proves successful, it will be joined by three identical satellites — two from Korea and one from NASA— and together will continue to monitor the ring current for signs of dangerous activity. Those three CubeSats are expected to launch sometime next year.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2012-09-13
    Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
    Launch Site: Voyeikov (Ship), United States
    Mass: 4 kg


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    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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