PUNCH will Change how we Look at Young Solar Wind

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Monday, October 28, 2019

NASA's recently-funded Small-Explorer (SMEX) mission, PUNCH (Polarimeter to UNify the Corona and Heliosphere), is targeted to launch in 2022. Sarah Gibson, interim director of the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is coordinating the mission’s innovative science efforts.

Graphic depicting the PUNCH mission (Image: SwRI)
Graphic depicting the PUNCH mission (Image: SwRI)

“With existing instruments, we’ve always had to patch things together with gaps in between,” said Sarah Gibson. “PUNCH fills the gaps and combines data in a way that’s completely smooth and consistent. Everything is matched by design.”

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