Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch

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The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch studies the coupled Sun-Earth system and the terrestrial planets and icy satellites of our solar system. Our heliophysics portfolio includes instrumentation development, sounding rocket flight, and research focusing on energy transfer across physical scales throughout the solar atmosphere.  Our planetary science portfolio includes research on the origin, composition, and evolution of terrestrial planetary bodies, focusing on geological, geophysical, and related models, experiments, and observations conducted in the field, laboratory, and via analysis of remotely sensed data from space-based missions.

Hinode Resumes Normal Science Operations

March 9, 2022

On March 5, 2022, after a science data hiatus of a little over 2 months, Hinode resumed normal science operations.  On December 27, 2022 Hinode’s star tracker lost lock on one star and this resulted in an eventual safe hold …

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Talk on the Sun and Space Weather

March 9, 2022

Mitzi Adams and Adam Kobelski (ST13) spoke to a meeting of the Alabama Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers on Saturday, February 26.  The teachers were from all over the state and were engaged and asked good questions.

Heliophysics 2050: Measurement Techniques and Technologies

March 9, 2022

Following on the science framework envisioned by the community during a Decadal workshop held in May 2021, the Heliophysics 2050: Measurement Techniques and Technologies Workshop was held on February 23-25, 2022 to focus on the implementation of the next 30 …

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Lunar Surface Science Workshop (Heliophysics)

March 9, 2022

The 14th Lunar Surface Science Workshop: Heliophysics Applications Enabling and Enabled by Human Exploration of the Lunar Surface was held virtually on February 17, 2022.  Diverse topics were discussed that included, but were not limited to, remote sensing and in …

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Paper Published in Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS)

March 9, 2022

The paper “Extreme-ultraviolet Characterization for Atmospheric Physics and Evolution mission: motivation and overview” was published in JATIS on 12 February 2022.  Lead author is Kevin France (CU-Boulder/LASP), with ST13’s David McKenzie and Sabrina Savage, and ES23’s Patrick Champey as co-authors.  …

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