NASA: IMAP to Study Solar Wind Boundary of Outer Solar System

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NASA: IMAP to Study Solar Wind Boundary of Outer Solar System

Post by bystander » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:32 pm

NASA Selects Mission to Study Solar Wind Boundary of Outer Solar System
NASA | IMAP | 2018 Jun 01

NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.

The Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, a sort of magnetic bubble surrounding and protecting our solar system. This region is where the constant flow of particles from our Sun, called the solar wind, collides with material from the rest of the galaxy. This collision limits the amount of harmful cosmic radiation entering the heliosphere. IMAP will collect and analyze particles that make it through. ...

Another objective of the mission is to learn more about the generation of cosmic rays in the heliosphere. Cosmic rays created locally and from the galaxy and beyond affect human explorers in space and can harm technological systems, and likely play a role in the presence of life itself in the universe. ...
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SwRI to manage payload, payload systems engineering for IMAP mission

Post by bystander » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:58 pm

SwRI to manage payload, payload systems engineering for IMAP mission
Southwest Research Institute | 2018 Jun 11

Southwest Research Institute will manage the payload and payload systems engineering for a new NASA mission that will sample, analyze and map particles streaming to Earth from the edge of interstellar space. SwRI also will provide a scientific instrument and other technology for the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) spacecraft, scheduled to launch in 2024.

IMAP will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, a sort of magnetic bubble surrounding and protecting our solar system. This is where the constant flow of particles from the Sun, called the solar wind, collides with material from the rest of the galaxy. This bubble limits the amount of harmful cosmic radiation entering the heliosphere. IMAP instruments will collect and analyze particles that make it through. ...
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