||IMAGE is the first MIDEX (Medium-class Explorer) mission of NASA/GSFC with the overall objective to study the global response of the Earth's magnetosphere to changes in the solar wind. Observations of high spatial and temporal resolution 3-D imagery of magnetospheric plasma motions. IMAGE uses ENA (Energetic Neutral Atom), ultraviolet, and radio imaging techniques to:
Identify the dominant mechanisms for injecting plasma into the magnetosphere on substorm and magnetic storm time scales
Determine the directly driven response of the magnetosphere to solar wind changes
Discover how and where magnetospheric plasmas are energized, transported, and subsequently lost during substorms and magnetic storms.
SwRI (Southwest Research Institute, PI: James L. Burch) of San Antonio, Texas, is the prime partner of NASA in this project.