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Heliospheric Links Explorer (HELIX)
Author(s): David M. Rust; N. U. Crooker; Leon Golub; A. J. Hundhausen; L. J. Lanzerotti; Alan J. Lazarus; Norbert Seehafer; Lawrence J. Zanetti; Ron W. Zwickl
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Paper Abstract

The proposed HELIX mission consists of two spacecraft that will enable stereoscopic imaging of solar mass ejections, starting with their origins on the Sun and continuing to 1 AU and beyond. With a complement of telescopes and plasma detectors, the HELIX spacecraft will test magnetic helicity conservation and other approaches to understanding the physics of solar mass ejections. The mission will help explain how and why solar ejections occur and how they evolve in interplanetary space. 3D images and velocity maps and in-situ space plasma and magnetic field measurements will allow identification and tracking of ejected plasma. Detection of eruptions aimed at Earth will be an immediate practical benefit of the mission. The HELIX mission should lead to the development of a reliable storm prediction capability that will be of significant value to communications systems operators, electric power networks, NASA operators and others.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2804, Missions to the Sun, (25 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259726
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Rust, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
N. U. Crooker, Boston Univ. (United States)
Leon Golub, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
A. J. Hundhausen, High Altitude Observatory (United States)
L. J. Lanzerotti, Lucent Technologies (United States)
Alan J. Lazarus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Norbert Seehafer, Univ. of Potsdam (Germany)
Lawrence J. Zanetti, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Ron W. Zwickl, NOAA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2804:
Missions to the Sun
David M. Rust, Editor(s)

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