Saturday 17 April
Lecturer: Dr. Daniel Müller (ESTEC)
On its way to explore the Sun and Heliosphere
Solar Orbiter is a new space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Launched in February 2020, it is exploring the Sun and the huge bubble of plasma it blows into space, the heliosphere. By ultimately approaching closer than innermost planet Mercury, Solar Orbiter will view the Sun with very high spatial resolution and combine this with measurements of the solar wind as the spacecraft flies through it. Over the course of the mission, the highly elliptical orbit will get progressively more inclined to the ecliptic plane. Thanks to this new perspective, Solar Orbiter will deliver images and comprehensive data of the Sun’s unexplored polar regions and the side of the Sun not visible from Earth. This talk will present a mission overview and highlight first science results.