The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission opens a window of discovery into the sun's upper layers by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through the chromosphere and transition region into the corona using spectrometry and imaging.
Solar Orbiter is a European Space Agency (ESA) mission to study the Sun from a distance closer than any spacecraft previously has, and will provide images and measurements in unprecedented resolution and detail.
02.11.11 - Project scientists discuss SDO's first year of science and collaboration with other Heliophysics System Observatory missions.
This mission (formerly known as Radiation Belt Storm Probes(RBSP)) was designed to help us understand the Sun’s influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the Earth’s radiation belts on various scales of space and time.
The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is a Solar-Terrestrial Probe mission comprising four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth's magnetosphere as a laboratory to study the microphysics of three fundamental plasma processes: magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, and turbulence.
Solar Probe+ will be an extraordinary and historic mission, exploring what is arguably the last region of the solar system to be visited by a spacecraft, the Sun’s outer atmosphere or corona as it extends out into space.
The objective of the FASTSAT mission is to demonstrate the capability to build, design and test a microsatellite platform to enable governmental, academic and industry researchers to conduct low-cost scientific and technology experiments on an autonomous satellite in space.
The ARTEMIS mission is to study how the solar wind electrifies, alters and erodes the moon's surface. ARTEMIS is using two in-orbit spacecraft from the completed THEMIS magnetosphere mission.
12.20.10 - Team of engineers discover that the faster way between two points is not a straight line, but looks more like a five-point star.
12.01.10 - Since launch in 1995, SOHO has revolutionized what we know about the solar atmosphere and violent solar storms produced by the sun.
10.27.10 - Because they lie just outside Earth's magnetosphere, Lagrange points are excellent places to study the solar wind.
11.05.10 - NASA approved an extension of the TIMED mission through 2014.
10.27.10 - A pair of NASA spacecraft that were supposed to be dead a year ago are instead flying to the Moon for a breakthrough mission in lunar orbit.
09.13.10 - Eclipse periods are a normal part of life with a geosynchronous observatory.
09.03.10 - NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission passed its critical design review, which clears the way for spacecraft fabrication.