SOHO: The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory

Brautigan, R., Trout Fishing in America Welcome to the unofficial Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) Web pages. This service is meant to provide information of interest to the general public, as well as to the international solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics communities, on the goals and status of the SOHO mission. This service will remain under construction for some time. SOHO experiment teams, and the ESA and NASA SOHO management teams, are invited to contribute material to expand the usefulness of this service for the SOHO community.

Current information includes:

EXTRA - Scenes from a sim

Here are some random snapshots from the first SOHO simulation, held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1994 November 14 - 18.

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The SOHO project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar.

SOHO will be launched on 1995 September 11. The SOHO spacecraft is being built in Europe by an industry team led by Matra, and instruments are being provided by European and American scientists. There are nine European Principal Investigators (PI's) and three American ones. Large engineering teams and more than 200 co-investigators support the PI's in the development of the instruments and in the preparation of their operations and data analysis. NASA is responsible for the launch and mission operations. Large radio dishes around the world which form NASA's DSN will be used to track the spacecraft beyond the Earth's orbit. Mission control will be based at GSFC in Maryland.

Related World-Wide Web pages:

Joe Gurman
+1 301 286-4767

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Branch / Code 682
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Last revised 22 November, 1994 - J.B. Gurman