School of Physics and Astronomy

ESA Selects Solar Orbiter Mission

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The ESA Science Programme Committee has selected Solar Orbiter as the M1 Medium Class mission in its Cosmic Vision programme, with a 2017 launch. Solar Orbiter will get closer to the Sun than any previous mission in order to study the coronal source regions of the solar wind and its in situ evolution. David Burgess, of the Astronomy Unit, is a member of the Science Teams for three different instruments: the magnetometer, solar wind particle analyser and plasma wave instrument. 

In addition to Solar Orbiter, ESA has selected Euclid, a cosmology mission targeted at dark matter and dark energy, for a 2019 launch.

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