AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 16. Solar Corona
Display, Monday, May 31, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Southeast Exhibit Hall

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[16.12] The SPARTAN 201 White Light Coronagraph Experiment on STS-95

R.R. Fisher, M. Guhathakurta, T. Kucera (GSFC), S. Gibson (NATO Fellow), J. Johnson (Electricon Corp.), G. Card (NCAR), Spartan201 Team

The White Light Coronagraph Experiment included in the SPARTAN 201 payload was flown on the STS-95 Space Shuttle mission which was launched on 29 October 1998. The flight systems and payload instruments were operated for a total duration of 41 hours from low earth orbit from 31 October to 2 November. The white light coronagraph experiment was designed to investigate the physical properties and the physical processes of the solar corona, and the instrument and spacecraft systems were configured for flight operations at a time of enhanced solar activity. The operational performance of the experiment and SPARTAN 201 carrier system are described, and the preliminary scientific topics of investigations are identified. Comparisons with other types of coronal data, ground-based K-coronameter and other space coronagraphs, are briefly reviewed. The data reduction plans and the scientifc goals for this mission are described. A summary of scientific insights gathered from this new data set is included in this presentation.

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