Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Prof. Justin Kasper

Date: December 6, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: CSRB Auditorium, room 2246

Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be CLaSP Prof. Justin Kasper. Please join us! 

Title: "Parker Solar Probe takes the plunge"

Abstract: In August 2018, sixty years after it was first proposed and following ten years of development and construction, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft soared towards the Sun from Cape Canaveral.  Following a short period of instrument commissioning and its first gravitational encounter with Venus, the spacecraft took its first plunge into the corona in early November with a perihelion approach of 35 solar radii, almost half the record set by Helios-B in 1976.  The spacecraft now holds the records for closest approach to the Sun and fastest object ever made but over the next five years continued encounters with Venus will bring the probe less than ten solar radii from the Sun. As the probe dives through the solar atmosphere instruments track electromagnetic fields and particles from the Sun and solar wind, including a Sun facing Faraday cup that collects plasma while directly facing the Sun. With initial data from the first encounter trickling back to Earth this talk will review the scientific motivation of Parker Solar Probe, how the mission was designed, and early signs of instrument and spacecraft performance. 

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