Ulysses Solar Mission - Jupiter Flyby
The Ulysses spacecraft, a joint endeavor between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, was launched from the space shuttle in October 1990. It flew past Jupiter in February 1992 for a gravitational assist in getting to its final orbit, a polar orbit around the Sun. It subsequently flew over the south pole of the Sun in 1994, the north pole in 1995, and undertook a second solar orbit which brought it back to the solar poles in 2000-2001 during a period of maximum solar activity. The out-of-ecliptic orbit of the spacecraft has a period of 6.2 years. The mission was extended until March 2008 to allow a third fly-over of the solar poles during 2007-2008
Although the primary objective of the mission was to study the properties of the heliosphere as a function of solar latitude, Ulysses also collected data concerning interplanetary dust and studied the magnetosphere of Jupiter while flying past that planet.
The SBN, in cooperation with the Planetary Plasma Interactions Node, is the contact node archiving the Ulysses dust data into the PDS.
- Instrument Details (Data from these instruments are archived at SBN.)
- Other Instruments (Spacecraft has other instruments, data from which are archived at another PDS node.)
- Magnetometer (MAP) - Large scale features and gradients of the solar magnetic field
- Solar Wind Observations (SWOOPS) - Bulk flow and internal state conditions of the interplanetary plasma
- Solar Wind Ion Composition Spectrometer (SWICS) - Characteristics of all major solar wind ions
- Unified Radio and Plasma Wave Experiment (URAP) - Characterization of radio sources and local wave phenomena
- Energetic Particle Composition Experiment (EPAC) - Ions in the energy range 300keV - 25MeV per nucleon
- Heliosphere Instrument for Spectra, Composition and Anisotropy at Low Energies (HI-SCALE) - Elemental abundances and spectra of interplanetary ions and electrons
- Cosmic Ray and Solar Particle Investigation (COSPIN) - Nucleons in the energy range 0.5-600MeV/nucleon
- Gamma-Ray Burst Instrument (GRB) - Solar X-ray/cosmic Gamma-ray burst experiment
- Solar Corona Experiment (SCE) - Plasma parameters of the solar atmosphere
- Gravitational Wave Experiment (GWE) - Gravitational waves in the low frequency band
Other Target Observations
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