Higher Levels of Confusion: Rocket Sensors in the Northern Lights

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Inquiry Journal

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Heavisides, John
Durham, NH: Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, University of New Hampshire
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In the summer of 2014 I spent nine weeks working with a team in the physics department of the University of Oslo in an attempt to determine if data from two sensors could be collected by one sensor. The two sensors, built by the University of New Hampshire and the University of Oslo, were part of the 2012 MICA rocket mission into the aurora borealis; they collected data on electron temperature and density respectively. Despite intense efforts, we were not successful in coming up with a relationship between the data sets of the two sensors. I learned that research often produces, if not definite results, then “higher levels of confusion,” which aid in the search for future answers.