ESA | Space Science | Science & Technology | SMILE | 2019 Mar 05
The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer, SMILE, has been given the green light for implementation by ESA's Science Programme Committee. The announcement clears the way for full development of this new mission to explore the Sun-Earth connection, which will be conducted in collaboration with China.
SMILE is expected to revolutionise scientists' understanding of the physical processes taking place during the continuous interaction between particles in the solar wind and Earth's magnetic shield – the magnetosphere.
The mission will be a major scientific endeavour in collaboration between ESA and China, following on from the success of the Double Star / Tan Ce mission which flew between 2003 and 2008. Unlike Double Star, which started out as a China-only project, SMILE is envisaged from the start as a joint ESA-China mission. ...
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