Atmosphere is NOT collapsing!
This old story from 2010 even states in the opening sentence that the Thermosphere (Ionosphere) is REBOUNDING.
QUOTE: July 15, 2010: NASA-funded researchers are monitoring a big event in our planet's atmosphere. High above Earth's surface where the atmosphere meets space, a rarefied layer of gas called "the thermosphere" recently collapsed and now is rebounding again.
The collapse happened during the deep solar minimum of 2008-2009—a fact which comes as little surprise to researchers. The thermosphere always cools and contracts when solar activity is low. In this case, however, the magnitude of the collapse was two to three times greater than low solar activity could explain."Something is going on that we do not understand," says Emmert.
[link to science.nasa.gov
] Translation: “We’re going to need a lot more funding between now and the time I retire in order to study this and improve our understanding. Otherwise our next press release will be even scarier.”
There's an awful lot of universe out there which NASA does not understand. However, lobbying for grants and more funding is something they DO understand. Don't be alarmed by scary headlines such as "Giant breach in magnetosphere"; "Atmosphere collapsing"; "Tenth Planet Found"; etc., etc. These stories are put into the media to grab headlines for scientists to draw attention to their otherwise boring research and to garner future funding.
This particular story came out of the CO2 global warmist camp at NASA. Since the Space Shuttle was winding down, NASA found the politicians more eager to fund climate research. So please read past the scary headlines and do some boring fact-checking. These stories are deliberately exaggerated for the Doom-clamoring public to squeal and squirm a few more dollars out of their children's inheritance for Uncle Scam to play with.