Solar Orbiter: our journey to the Sun

Institute conference
Wann Am 24.09.2020 von 14:30 bis 15:30
  • Kolloquium
Wo Cyberspace
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ISC: Welcome
G. Mann: “Solar Orbiter: history, science, and AIP's involvement”
A. Warmuth: “Solar Orbiter: instrumentation, with emphasis on STIX”
F. Schuller: "Solar Orbiter: mission, operations, and first-light observations"

Solar Orbiter is an ESA space mission that was successfully launched on February 10th, 2020, from Cape Canaveral. Its purpose is to improve our understanding of how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, which includes studying the nature of the solar dynamo, the origins of the solar wind and coronal magnetic fields, and the physics of solar eruptions and particle acceleration. To achieve this, the mission combines unique characteristics: going close (0.28 AU perihelion), going out of the ecliptic, and a comprehensive suit of 6 remote-sensing and 4 in-situ instruments.

AIP is involved in the mission since more than a decade. We have designed and manufactured parts of the X-ray telescope STIX, and are now involved in its operation as well. In this institute conference, we will first introduce the Solar Orbiter mission and then focus on our own contributions. Finally, we will show some first-light observations.