Managers of NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) at Kennedy Space Center visit the processing facility for the Pegasus XL rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. From left, are Chuck Dovale, deputy manager; Amanda Mitskevich, manager; Eric Denbrook, launch vehicle processing at VAFB; and Tim Dunn, NASA assistant launch manager for ICON. The Pegasus XL rocket is being prepared for the agency's Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission. ICON will launch from the Kwajalein Atoll aboard the Pegasus XL on Dec. 8, 2017. ICON will study the frontier of space - the dynamic zone high in Earth's atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above. The explorer will help determine the physics of Earth's space environment and pave the way for mitigating its effects on our technology, communications systems and society.