WASHINGTON – NASA will host a media teleconference on Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss science objectives of the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission.

AIM is scheduled to launch April 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard a Pegasus launch vehicle. It will measure high altitude noctilucent (“night shining”) clouds to determine why they form and vary, which may be linked to climate change.

Briefing participants are:

— Vicki Elsbernd, AIM Program Executive, NASA Headquarters, Washington

— Jim Russell, AIM Principal Investigator, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

— Chris Savinell, AIM mission manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Reporters should call 1-888-398-6118 and use the pass code “clouds” to participate in the teleconference. International media should call 1-210-234-0007.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live at:


Supporting images will be posted concurrent with the briefing at:


For more information about the AIM mission, visit: