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Session 11 - Sun-Earth Connections Roadmap.
Oral session, Saturday, June 28
Ballroom A, Chair: Loren Acton

[11.04] The Solar Probe Mission

S. R. Habbal (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Designed for the first close encounter with the Sun, the Solar Probe mission will fly a spacecraft, instrumented for both in-situ and remote sensing measurements, exploring the distance of between 110 and 3 solar radii above the Sun's surface. The Solar Probe will directly sample the solar corona, one of the last unexplored regions of the solar system, crossing over the polar coronal hole and reaching the equator in a trajectory perpendicular to the ecliptic. This mission will provide the first view of the Sun's polar regions, and the first close flyby of a star. The Solar Probe will also provide the first three-dimensional view of the corona with the same suite of instruments. The scientific focus of the Solar Probe mission will be to unravel the mysteries of the coronal heating processes and solar wind acceleration. Solar Probe's in-situ instrumentation will provide the first direct measurements of the plasma distribution function, energetic particle fluxes, magnetic fields, and plasma waves in the solar corona. The remote-sensing instruments will provide close-up views of the Sun not possible from Earth orbit, resolving the smallest visible magnetic structures.


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