Solar Orbiter - Exploring the Sun–Heliosphere Connection
Publication date: 01 July 2013
Authors: D. Müller, R.G. Marsden, O.C. St. Cyr, H.R. Gilbert
Journal: Solar Physics
Copyright: SpringerThe heliosphere represents a uniquely accessible domain of space, where fundamental physical processes common to solar, astrophysical and laboratory plasmas can be studied under conditions impossible to reproduce on Earth and unfeasible to observe from astronomical distances. Solar Orbiter, the first mission of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 programme, will address the central question of heliophysics: How does the Sun create and control the heliosphere? In this paper, we present the scientific goals of the mission and provide an overview of the mission implementation.