The Atmosphere Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) payload is an observatory, or instrument suite, to be mounted on an external platform of Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).
ASIM will study the coupling of thunderstorm processes to the upper atmosphere, ionosphere and radiation belts.
ASIM is realized through the European Space Agency (ESA).
The International Space Station (ISS). The Columbus module is in the bottom left side. Photo: NASA.
ASIM is aimed at the study of high-altitude optical emissions from the stratosphere and mesosphere, the Transient Luminous Events (TLEs: Red Sprites, Blue Jets, Elves) and the Terrestrial Gamma Flashes (TGFs) (Neubert et al., 2006).