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Solar Probe

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The Solar Probe Mission will fly through the solar corona, which will help interpret observations made from SOHO. The fundamental science investigated will include the investigation of the heating mechanism for the solar corona and acceleration of the solar wind, the source of the solar wind in the corona, understanding the role that turbulence plays in the coronal heating processes and what are the characteristics of the structure in the polar regions. The payload includes a plasma spectrometer, visible magnetograph, and a UV spectrometer.

Mission Timeline

  • Nov. 2003 - Launch toward Jupiter
  • Apr. 2004 - arrive at Jupiter
  • Jul. 2007 - arrive at perihelion

Visits since 10/99. Last Updated on December 15, 2001
Karen. Meech, Institute for Astronomy, UH