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ASIM Facility Responsible Centre

ASIM is an ESA science instrument assembly to be flown on the Columbus External Platform Facility (CEPF) of the ISS (International Space Station). The ASIM concept has been proposed by DNSC (Danish National Space Centre, formerly DSRI (Danish Space Research Institute)), with the objective to observe TLEs (Transient Luminous Events) that occur in the Earth's upper atmosphere accompanied by thunderstorms in the lower atmosphere. These events are known as blue jets, sprites and elves, the phenomena were first observed in 1989. The ISS is considered a perfect platform from which to enhance our knowledge of them. ASIM is designed to be accommodated on the starboard deck location of the CEPF (Columbus External Payload) platform.