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New Instrument to Measure High-energy Solar Particles as Part of NASA Mission
May 28, 2024
 

Scientists and engineers at NASA Goddard are poised to deliver a new instrument, the High-energy Ion Telescope (HIT), which is a solar…

Eclipse 2024: Why Princeton Astrophysicists are Excited about This One
April 4, 2024

By Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications.

On Monday, April 8, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun for about four hours. For a few precious minutes, the moon will completely block our view of our favorite star for people in the “path of totality.” Here in New Jersey, just outside that path, the…

APL Team Readies Advanced Imager for Integration onto NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe
March 18, 2024

Another of the instruments planned for flight aboard The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) is ready for installation on the spacecraft.

IMAP-Ultra is one of 10 instruments contributed from across 25 partner institutions on the Princeton-led IMAP mission…

Imperial-Built Instrument Jets Off to NASA Ahead of Major Solar Wind Mission
Feb. 21, 2024

An instrument built by Imperial College London physicists is on its way to be fitted onto The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) spacecraft.

The Imperial-built instrument, called MAG, will play a key role in helping IMAP study the A stream of charged particles, mostly protons and electrons, that escapes into the Sun's outer atmosphere at high speeds and streams out into the solar system. following its launch in 2025. MAG is a A device to measure the strength of a magnetic field., which…

New Instrument to Capture Stardust as Part of NASA Mission
Jan. 11, 2024

Scientists and engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder will soon take part in an effort to collect a bit of stardust — the tiny bits of matter that flow through the The band of light that encircles the sky, caused by the bending of light from many stars lying near the plane of the Galaxy; also sometimes used to refer to the Galaxy in which the Sun belongs. A huge assembly of stars (between one hundred and one million), plus gas and dust, which is held together by gravity; the Galaxy, our own galaxy, containing the Sun. and were once the initial building blocks of our solar system.

The pursuit is part of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP)…

NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe Passes Key Decision Point-D
Nov. 30, 2023

The Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) has successfully completed Key Decision Point D (KDP-D). This milestone allows the mission to move from development and design to the assembly, testing, and integration phase. IMAP’s planned launch date, which was no earlier than February 2025, was also reevaluated during the KDP-D and was…

IMAP Passes System Integration Review (SIR)
Sept. 25, 2023

The Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) marked the completion of an important step on the path to spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations this week at Johns Hopkin Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). 

The team met with a review panel to evaluate the plan for integrating all systems onto the spacecraft, such…

IMAP Mission Begins Integration and Testing at APL - Watch as the Spacecraft is Built!
Sept. 19, 2023

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) is embarking on its yearlong integration and testing campaign, during which all of the instruments and components will be added to the spacecraft structure, tested to ensure they will survive the harsh environments of launch and space, and made ready to execute its mission.

On…

NASA’s IMAP Mission Successfully Completes Critical Design Review
Jan. 27, 2023

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission held a critical design review (CDR) this week with a NASA Standing Review Board. This mission-level review was the culmination of individual CDRs conducted for all the instruments and subsystems. While there are still challenges ahead to face as a team, the review board is…

IMAP PI David J. McComas Will Receive the 2023 Arctowski Medal
Jan. 23, 2023

McComas has made seminal contributions through innovative mission and instrumentation development that have benefited and supported the entire scientific community and led ground-breaking observations, analysis, and discovery of fundamental physics of the The region around the Sun where the solar wind dominates over the interstellar medium. and the very local All the gas and dust found between stars., the A stream of charged particles, mostly protons and electrons, that escapes into the Sun's outer atmosphere at high speeds and streams out into the solar system., and the Earth’s and…

Professor David J. McComas awarded EGU's 2022 Hannes Alfvén Medal
Nov. 3, 2021

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) announced today that David McComas is a recipient of the 2022 Hannes Alfvén Medal for his Plasma consists of a gas heated to sufficiently high temperatures that the atoms ionize. The properties of the gas are controlled by electromagnetic forces among constituent ions and electrons, which results in a different type of behavior. Plasma is often considered the fourth state of matter (besides solid, liquid, and gas). Most of the matter in the Universe is in the plasma state. physics research.

NASA, UK Space Agency Sign Agreement to Build Instrument to Study Interplanetary Space
Oct. 13, 2021

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration. and the UK Space Agency have agreed to cooperate on NASA’s heliophysics mission, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). The agreement, signed Sept. 22, 2021, will allow Imperial College London (ICL) to design and build one of IMAP’s 10 instruments – a A device to measure the strength of a magnetic field. called MAG – as well as provide ground support and…

Poland will build instrument for Princeton-led mission to study interplanetary space
Jan. 14, 2021

The agreement will allow the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences to design and build one of IMAP’s 10 instruments — the Global Solar Wind Structure (GLOWS) instrument — as well as provide ground support and personnel necessary to support the instrument…

NASA, Poland Sign Agreement to Build Instrument to Study Interplanetary Space
Jan. 14, 2021

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration. and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland have agreed to cooperate on a NASA heliophysics mission, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). The agreement, signed Dec. 30, 2020, will allow the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN) to design and build one of IMAP’s…

NASA Adjusts IMAP Schedule to Accommodate COVID-19 Precautions
Dec. 11, 2020

To accommodate schedule changes due to precautions regarding COVID-19, the preliminary design review for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe, or IMAP, has been moved from February to May 2021. Similarly, the launch readiness date is delayed from Oct. 1, 2024, to Feb. 1, 2025.

NASA Selects Mission to Study Solar Wind Boundary of Outer Solar System
June 1, 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration. has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.

The Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission will help researchers better understand the boundary of the