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2018
Authors: Banks Michael
Title: NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to 'touch' the Sun
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NASA has launched a mission to study the Sun’s atmosphere and solar wind that will come far closer to our star than any other craft before.


Date: 09/2018 Publisher: Physics World Pages: 7 - 7 DOI: 10.1088/2058-7058/31/9/11 Available at: http://stacks.iop.org/2058-7058/31/i=9/a=11?key=crossref.74cb5927650dbdc73ec7a9da93480898
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Authors: Stansby David, Salem Chadi, Matteini Lorenzo, and Horbury Timothy
Title: A New Inner Heliosphere Proton Parameter Dataset from the Helios Mission
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In the near future, Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter will provide the first comprehensive in-situ measurements of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere since the Helios mission in the 1970s. We describe a reprocessing of the original Helios ion distribution functions to provide reliable and reproducible data to characterise the proton core population of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere. A systematic fitting of bi-Maxwellian distribution functions was performed to the raw Helios ion distribution function data to extract the proton core number density, velocity, and temperatures parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field. We present radial trends of these derived proton parameters, forming a benchmark to which new measurements in the inner heliosphere will be compared. . . .
Date: 11/2018 Publisher: Solar Physics DOI: 10.1007/s11207-018-1377-3 Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11207-018-1377-3http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11207-018-1377-3.pdfhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11207-018-1377-3/fulltext.htmlhttp://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11207-018-1377-3.pdf
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Title: News at a glance
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In science news around the world, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) responds to a report on "foreign influences," Australia slashes its future research funding, Mars's methane mystery deepens, and the Paris agreement on climate change survives a contentious rulemaking session in Poland. Also, astronomers discover the solar system's farthest-known planet, NIH comes under fire for clinical trial reporting results, the late Paul Allen bequests a new immunology research institute, and NASA's Parker Solar Probe makes its first dip into the sun's atmosphere. Plus, a new study suggests tourists and scientists are making Antarctica's birds sick, and an interview with a Harvard University historian helps explain India's monsoon—one of Asia's most important weather patterns.


Date: 12/2018 Publisher: Science Pages: 1334 - 1336 DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6421.1334 Available at: http://www.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/science.362.6421.1334https://syndication.highwire.org/content/doi/10.1126/science.362.6421.1334
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2014
Authors: Lawrence David J., Feldman William C., Gold Robert E., Goldsten John O., and McNutt Ralph L.
Title: The neutron, gamma-ray, X-ray spectrometer (NGXS): A compact instrument for making combined measurements of neutrons, gamma-rays, and X-rays
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The Neutron, Gamma ray, and X-ray Spectrometer (NGXS) is a compact instrument designed to detect neutrons, gamma-rays, and hard X-rays. The original goal of NGXS was to detect and characterize neutrons, gamma-rays, and X-rays from the Sun as part of the Solar Probe Plus mission in order to provide direct insight into particle acceleration, magnetic reconnection, and cross-field transport processes that take place near the Sun. Based on high-energy neutron detections from prompt solar flares, it is estimated that the NGXS would detect neutrons from 15 to 24 impulsive flares. The NGXS sensitivity to 2.2 MeV gamma rays would enable a detection of ̃50-60 impulsive flares. The NGXS is estimated to measure ̃120 counts/s for a GOES C1-type flare at 0.1 AU, which allows for a large dynamic ra. . .
Date: 01/2014 Publisher: Acta Astronautica Pages: 524 - 529 DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.06.017 Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S009457651200255Xhttps://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S009457651200255X?httpAccept=text/xmlhttps://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S009457651200255X?httpAccept=text/plain
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