Highlights from Cluster-THEMIS workshop
17 October 2008Nearly 120 space scientists from around the world participated in the First Joint Cluster-THEMIS workshop held at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, USA) from 23 to 26 September 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss recent results obtained by these two missions and to foster cooperation.
Cluster is an ESA mission launched in 2000 and consisting of four identical spacecraft flying in a polar orbit. THEMIS is a NASA mission launched in 2007 with five identical spacecraft flying in an equatorial orbit. This constellation of nine spacecraft enables researchers to study, in an unprecedented way, major physical processes taking place in the environment of Earth including: collisionless shock formation and evolution, magnetic reconnection, solar wind particle entry into the Earth's magnetosphere and particle acceleration during geomagnetic substorms.
The four-day workshop was organized in a number of plenary sessions during which the participants discussed new results from both missions. Highlights from the plenary sessions can be accessed via the links below:
Individual presentations from the workshop are also available online (see link to "First Joint Cluster-THEMIS workshop: presentations" on the right-hand menu).
Authors of this summary
H. Kucharek, Univ. New Hampshire, USA
D. Sibeck, NASA/GSFC, USA
T. Phan, UC Berkley, USA
A. Runov, UCLA, USA
A. Masson, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
C. P. Escoubet, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
V. Angelopoulos, UCLA, USA
A. Masson, C. P. Escoubet, M. Taylor, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands