CURIE ready for Ariane 6 launch

Chris Moeckel and Roger Roglans recently returned from Berlin, where they successfully integrated CURIE into the NovaPod with four other satellites. After a stop in Paris, the NovaPod will travel to French Guiana to be launched on an Ariane 6 maiden flight. CURIE is the CUbesat Radio Interferometry Experiment; its two satellites will measure radio […]

Participate in Eclipse Megamovie!

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If you have a DSLR camera and a tripod, you can participate in the Eclipse Megamovie project, run by current and former SSL researchers.

Berkeley News: When is an aurora not an aurora?

Phenomena called “Steve” and “picket fence” are masquerading as auroras, graduate student argues. Claire Gasque, a University of California, Berkeley, graduate student in physics, has now proposed a physical explanation for these phenomena that is totally different from the processes responsible for the well-known auroras. She has teamed up with researchers at the campus’s Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) to propose that NASA launch a rocket into the heart of the aurora to find out if she’s correct.

SSL will have a booth at AGU

For the first time, SSL will have its own booth at the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting, from Monday, December 11, through Thursday, December 14, at the Moscone Center. AGU is expected to have more than 25,000 attendees from over one hundred countries and the theme is Wide Open Science. SSL scientists will be […]

EnduroSat Partners with SSL/UCB and NASA to Launch PADRE Mission to Study the Sun

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EnduroSat, the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, and NASA have partnered to launch the PADRE mission, a CubeSat that will study the Sun in hard X-rays. The mission is scheduled to launch in 2025 and will help scientists to better understand solar activity, solar flares, and space weather.The PADRE science instruments will be hosted […]

Bale unfazed by “internet apocalypse”

In an article on June 28th, the Washington Post tried to allay recent concerns—hyped on social media—about the impact of future solar storms. A typical scary narrative foretells “magnetic fields unleashed by a solar superstorm rip through Earth’s magnetosphere, sending currents surging through human infrastructure…We look up from our phones and computers to catch a […]

PADRE Fact Sheet

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The solar PolArization and Directivity X-Ray Experiment (PADRE) is NASA cubesat mission to study and dicepher the secrets of the Sun.

FOXSI Fact Sheet

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The Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI) is the first solar-dedicated NASA-sounding rocket experiment that performs imaging spectroscopy in hard X-rays (HXRs) using direct focusing techniques. FOXSI has improved the sensitivity and imaging dynamic range by orders of magnitude compared to its predecessors (e.g., RHESSI), demonstrated in three successful flights (2012, 2014, and 2018).

Helios Data Archive Fact Sheet

SSL hosts the most comprehensive, single, archive of the in-situ Helios 1 and 2 data along with previously unavailable documentation on the different spacecraft instruments and their operation, datasets, and early data processing.