Space Physics is embarking on a new voyage of discovery and exploration to characterize our space environment.
Space physics is the study of the heliosphere (the sphere of influence of the Sun) as one system. It seeks to explore and understand the dynamics of the Sun and its interactions with the Earth and other planetary bodies and with the interstellar medium.
How are the conditions for life on Earth maintained ? How does the solar output vary? How does the Earth's magnetic field trap radiation and protect the planet?... What knowledge from space can improve the quality of life on Earth?...
NASA Strategic Plan, 1994
Solar Connections table of contents
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Solar Connections: A Science Initiative for NASA Space Physics
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Branch / Code 612.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Last revised 19 December, 1994 - J.B. Gurman