Ulysses prepares for new adventure
5 November 1998Fifty scientists from seven countries met last week to set detailed goalsfor the ESA/NASA Ulysses mission at solar maximum.
At a workshop held in Oxnard, California, between 27-30 October, discussions focussed on recent data acquired by Ulysses during its aphelion passage (the most distant point on its 6.2-year orbit). Recent surges in solar activity, marking the birth of a new solar cycle, produced dramatic interplanetary disturbances that were felt by Earth-orbiting satellites, and by Ulysses, five times further away from the Sun. By comparing the effects, scientists hope to learn more about the way space weather patterns travel out from the Sun.
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