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NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission Entered its Harvest Season
How TIMED Flies: Unexpected Trends in Carbon Data
IBEX Sheds New Light on Solar System Boundary

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NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission Entered its Harvest Season

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission entered its harvest season (known as Phase-E) on September 1, 2015. The commissioning and testing process is over, MMS is ready to begin gathering data.

Learning from Commercial Analysis to Search Solar Data

When large supercomputers are used to simulate the Sun, producing massive data, a needle in a haystack situation is created. What if you could scan the entire haystack at once to find the needle?

Cluster Data Leads to First Ever Models of Generation of Equatorial Magnetosonic Waves

We used the ESA/NASA Cluster mission to study a kind of magnetospheric wave called equatorial magnetosonic waves (EMW).
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Nikolaos Paschalidis wins IRAD Innovator of the Year award

Nick Paschalidis has been selected FY15 IRAD Innovator of the Year! Nick has a long history of not only developing innovative technologies, but also flying them on instruments vital to the field of heliophysics, all while serving as an active research scientist and mentor to the next generation of scientists. One example of Nick's energy and insight might suffice: Nick created five multi-purpose science enabling microchips that have provided time-of-flight, energy, position, and other measurements to spacecraft that include New Horizons, MESSENGER, IBEX, June, and MMS, among others. Nick will receive this award during the FY15 IRAD poster session Thursday, December 3rd in the building 8 auditorium.
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The Heliophysics Science Division conducts research on the Sun, its extended solar-system environment (the heliosphere), and interactions of Earth, other planets, small bodies, and interstellar gas with the heliosphere. Division research also encompasses geospace -- Earth's uppermost atmosphere, the ionosphere, and the magnetosphere -- and the changing environmental conditions throughout the coupled heliosphere (solar system weather).

Scientists in the Heliophysics Science Division develop models, spacecraft missions and instruments, and systems to manage and disseminate heliophysical data. They interpret and evaluate data gathered from instruments, draw comparisons with computer simulations and theoretical models, and publish the results. The Division also conducts education and public outreach programs to communicate the excitement and social value of NASA heliophysics.

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