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Overview Of Nasa Solar Physics Programs
Author(s): Eric Chipman
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Paper Abstract

The program of solar physics missions for the 1980's will include earth-orbiting and solar-orbiting free flying satellites as well as Shuttle sorties carrying large facility instruments and smaller PI-class investigations. Individual missions will have specific, unifying objectives in contrast to the exploratory nature of missions of the 1960's and 70's. The Solar Maximum Mission will study solar flares in 1980 and 1981. The International Solar Polar Mission will swing past Jupiter and traverse the Sun's polar caps in 1986, measuring the high-latitude solar wind. Three of the early Shuttle flights will carry PI-class solar experiments, and the Solar Optical Telescope, to fly in about 1984, will provide extremely high spatial resolution of solar features. Possible future missions include the Solar Cycle and Dynamics Mission to study the Sun's magnetic cycle, and the Solar Probe, which will pass within 4 solar radii of the Sun's surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1979
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0184, Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop, (9 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957459
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Eric Chipman, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0184:
Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop
Martin C. Weisskopf, Editor(s)

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