Monday, December 17, 2012

NASA restarts the Sun 6-minute mission

In December, NASA will initiate the third time in its mission to study the sun, which will hold 6 minutes in space, collecting information about the motion of matter in the atmosphere of our star, causing eruptions and ejections directed towards Earth. Starting mission EUNIS (Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph) will be performed White Sands, New Mexico, on the booster Black Brant IX. 

During his journey spacecraft EUNIS produce a series of measurements at intervals between the measurements in 1.2 seconds, so the tracking movement of the layers of matter at different temperatures within the complex solar atmosphere, known as the corona. Detailed study of the solar atmosphere requires observing it from space, where you can see ultraviolet rays, which are unable to penetrate the Earth's atmosphere. 

Such observations can be either permanent spacecraft closely tracking the sun, or by the mission, launched in the meteorological rocket, which is a 6-minute time to gather all the necessary information to scientists.

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