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July 08, 2004 - (date of web publication)

Signature Sequence - Movie 1

Still from animation of a tour of Coronal Mass Ejections

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A brief tour of the coronal mass ejections (CMEs) through the solar system, past solar sentinels like SOHO, past Earth, Mars Odyssey, Ulysses near Jupiter, Cassini at Saturn and then onto Voyager 2 and Voyager 1 at the farthest point. Credit: NASA

The Sun - Movie 2

image of a solar flare

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From Oct. 22 to Nov. 4, 2003, the Sun produced some of the most extreme events on record. Here, data is combined from multiple instruments on multiple spacecraft revealing the exploding flare and continuing on to the CME leaving the Sun and blasting toward Earth. Credit: NASA / ESA

More views: http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2004/0708flare2.html


Earth - Movie 3

Aurora Image As Seen From Space (Click for movie)   view from POES after solar eruption view from POES before solar eruption

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Left: The Oct. 28 CME traveled five times faster than most CMEs, reaching Earth in 22 hours. Left: IMAGE satellite captures Antarctic aurora. Credit: NASA.

Right: Solar particles bombard the polar cap, penetrating the upper atmosphere (stratosphere). This excess radiation prompted an alert by the FAA for aircraft to fly at lower altitudes away from the poles. Images from POES spacecraft. Credit: NOAA/University of Michigan.

More Earthviews: http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2004/0708flare2.html


Mars - Movies 4 & 5

still image from animation showing Mars reaction to solar storms   still from Mars animation

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Mars reacts to solar storms differently than Earth because it has no significant magnetic field, but a series of small, localized fields as in the animation. As a result, the supersonic solar wind directly interacts with the Martian ionosphere allowing oxygen to escape. Credit: NASA / Nagoya University; Credit: NASA

Jupiter and Saturn - Movie 6

still from animation showing a solar eruption heading for Jupiter and Saturn

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Between November 2003 and April 2004, Ulysses was aligned with Jupiter. The inset graph from Ulysses reveals increases in magnetic field strength related the blast with spikes on Nov. 13 and 15. The majority of the blast wave arrived at Cassini near Saturn around Nov. 11 and continued through Nov. 21. Credit: NASA

Previous Jovian and Saturn Auroras available at: http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2004/0708flare2.html Cassini audio available from http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/space-audio/typeIII.html


Voyager - Movie 7

image from animation showing Voyager getting hit by the solar blasts

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Voyager 2, located about 7 billion miles (11 billion km) from the Sun, experienced the solar blast around mid-May while its counterpart, Voyager 1, (over 8 billion miles away), is expected to see the blast in early July. Credit: NASA

More on Voyager at the Heliopause: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/voyager_heliosphere.html


Heliosphere - Movie 8

still from animation of the heliosphere

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The heliosphere is the region where solar wind reigns supreme. The"Halloween storms" were so intense, that they also affect the boundaries of this region. Scientists predict within 10 months the shock wave will reach the heliopause and expand the region by as much as 1.5 billion miles. Credit: NASA

Space Radiation Hazards

image of DNA  image of DNA tracks after space radiation exposure

An important safety concern for long term space travel is the health effects from space radiation. Possible health risks include cancer, cataracts, acute radiation sickness, hereditary effects, and damage to the central nervous system. Credit: NASA.

More information on NASA's Space Radiation Health Project: http://srhp.jsc.nasa.gov/index.cfm

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