February 10, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Building 3
GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT
"The Two Faces of a
Spacecraft: Both Earth and Space Science Observations by the
After seventeen years, the Deep
Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), formerly known as Triana,
has been finally launched to its Sun-Earth first Lagrange point
(L1) orbit 1.5 million km upstream of Earth. This NOAA-led
mission started its life as a NASA Earth Science project. After
almost being completed, the spacecraft entered a decade long
hibernation at Goddard. But finally, after being refurbished, it
was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 last February. As a NOAA space
weather monitoring mission, it makes solar wind plasma and
interplanetary magnetic field measurements at unprecedented time
resolution. These new measurements already provided a
tantalizing new view of the kinetic microstructure of the solar
wind. On the other face of the spacecraft, a 2Kx2K, ten
wavelength camera (EPIC) and a cavity radiometer (NISTAR) have
been providing a brand new way to investigate the Earth system.
EPIC not only images the full sunlit face of Earth at least once
every two hours, it also imaged the Moon passing in front of
Earth for the first time. In this talk, the first exciting
results from this novel mission will be presented.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Adam Szabo is the DSCOVR Project Scientist at NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has over 20 years
of experience in space science research and scientific
leadership of various missions.
Dr. Szabo is also the project scientist for the NASA Wind
mission, also operating in the Sun-Earth first Lagrange Point
(L1) location, and mission scientist for the NASA Solar Probe
Plus mission that will fly through the solar corona later on
Dr. Szabo specializes in the research of interplanetary shocks
and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) both transients with
significant potential space weather impacts. He is also the lead
for the Virtual Heliospheric Observatory and serves as chief for
the Heliospheric Physics Laboratory at NASA Goddard.
Dr. Szabo earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the
University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Physics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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