Thursday, February 08, 2007

Lost Amid the Turmoil: Ulysses Conducts Solar Pole Mission

While most of the nation searched for "astronaut diapers" and 'lust in space', NASA and ESA scientists were titillated by data from yesterday's solar southpole flyby being conducted by the Ulysses spacecraft.

For the third time since its launch in 1990, Ulysses has crossed the south pole of the Sun in an effort to provide data on an area we know very little about. The magnetic field in this area is different, Solar Wind comes from here, and strangely enough (according to data retrieved during a previous flyby of the area) the surface temperature in this area is different.

Scientists are excited about the questions they may have answered following this trip but also the new questions they will develop because of it...

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