Nasa’s SunRISE mission

Nasa's SunRISE mission

 

Sun – the supreme source of light has always a matter of curiosity. No one knows what lies in the core of this big star. Many have tried and many have failed to know. Thismysterious and powerful star is the point of attraction for all astronauts and those who have interest in space science.

NASA has come up with a new mission that will study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms – known as solar particle storms – into planetary space. This information will help us to improve our understanding regarding how our solar system works. Moreover it will further protect astronauts traveling to Moon and Mars by providing better information on how the Sun’s radiation affects the space environment and how they must travel so that they remain safe. The new mission, called the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE), is an array of six CubeSats operating as one very large radio telescope.

NASA has granted $62.6 million to design, build and launch SunRISE.Nasa first chose this mission in August 2017 as one of two Mission of Opportunity proposals that will  administer a 11-month mission concept study. In February 2019, the agency approved a continued formulation study of the mission for an additional year. Justin Kasper at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is giving a lead to this mission and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is managing the whole thing very efficiently. The mission design depends on six solar-powered CubeSats – each about the size of a toaster oven – to simultaneously observe radio images of low-frequency emission from solar activity and share them via NASA’s Deep Space Network. The constellation of CubeSats would fly within 6 miles of each other, above Earth’s atmosphere, which otherwise blocks the radio signals SunRISE will observe. Together, the six CubeSats will create 3D maps to pinpoint where giant particle bursts originate on the Sun and how they evolve as they expand outward into space. This, in turn, will help determine what initiates and accelerates these giant jets of radiation. The six individual spacecraft will also work together to map, the pattern of magnetic field lines reaching from the Sun out into interplanetary space. This is the first time that something like this will happen. It is expected to get launched after July 1,2023.The whole look will have their eye on this mission since it will be a great achievement for all of us and it will surely open new ways to comprehensive our solar system.

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