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NASA approves two missions to better understand space weather



NASA will participate in two solar physics missions, which can provide us with the data needed to better understand solar wind and explosions or the entire space weather. The agency has officially announced its participation in the Epsilon Mission (EUVST) and Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE) projects. These are two of the three space weather-related proposals selected by NASA in September 2019. They will receive $400,000 for a nine-month mission concept study.

EUVST is a solar telescope project that will study more closely how the solar atmosphere releases solar wind and ejects solar materials, thereby affecting the level of radiation in space. The project was originally scheduled to launch in 2026 and was led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), but NASA will invest $55 million in the mission. Its contributions include hardware such as UV detectors, auxiliary electronics, spectrometer components and steering telescopes.


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