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Last Post 22 Mar 2018 03:29 PM by  Christina Cohen
Parker Solar Probe: CME Danger?
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Devin





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22 Mar 2018 12:24 PM
    (from webinar): Student question-

    If a coronal mass ejection reached the probe, would it destroy it?

    Christina Cohen



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    22 Mar 2018 03:29 PM
    Hi,

    Coronal mass ejections reach spacecraft all the time, although usually near Earth's orbit (where most of our spacecraft are) without destroying the spacecraft or the instruments. While most properties of coronal mass ejections are expected to be stronger closer to the Sun, Solar Probe and the instruments have been designed to operate under such conditions. In fact, we hope Probe will fly through a coronal mass ejection close to the Sun so that we can determine just how different the conditions are close to the Sun.

    -Christina


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