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News from the Sun's Poles Courtesy of Ulysses

News from the Sun's Poles Courtesy of Ulysses

Publication date: 02 July 2003

Authors: Marsden, R.G., Smith, E.J.

Journal: ESA Bulletin
Volume: 114
Page: pp. 60-67
Year: 2003

Copyright: ESA

Launched from Cape Canaveral more than 13 years ago, Ulysses is well on its way to completing two full circuits of the Sun in a unique orbit that takes it over the north and south poles of our star. In doing so, the European-built space probe and its payload of scientific instruments have added a fundamentally new perspective to our knowledge of the bubble in space in which the Sun and the Solar System exist, called 'the heliosphere'.

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