NASA to fund new studies on how “space weather” affects the Earth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be funding concept studies on five mission proposals that look into how “space weather” affects the Earth. These missions aim to help scientists better understand how the Sun interacts with the space environment around our planet.

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According to NASA, “The information will improve understanding about the universe as well as offer key information to help protect astronauts, satellites, and communications signals – such as GPS – in space.”

The following proposals are:

  • Solar-Terrestrial Observer for the Response of the Magnetosphere (STORM)
  • HelioSwarm: The Nature of Turbulence in Space Plasmas
  • Multi-slit Solar Explorer (MUSE)
  • Auroral Reconstruction CubeSwarm (ARCS)
  • Solaris: Revealing the Mysteries of the Sun’s Poles

Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said that “Each one of these proposals offers the chance to observe something we have never before seen or to provide unprecedented insights into key areas of research, all to further the exploration of the universe we live in.”

You can click here to read and learn more about these studies.

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