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Catastrophes For Life From the Sun: Distant Past and Near Future
Why is the Sun's Atmosphere Hotter than its Surface?
The Fearsome Foursome: Technologies Enable MMS

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Catastrophes For Life From the Sun: Distant Past and Near Future

Understanding the evolution of Earth requires understanding its relationship to the sun.

Mapping Earth's Magnetotail

Like a windsock near a breezy airport runway, Earth’s magnetotail flaps back and forth in the gusty solar wind.

Energy Dissipation in Collisionless Shocks

In the 1960s, scientists discovered a new kind of shock wave that traveled through space plasmas that did not rely upon collisions. Thus, they are known as a collisionless shock waves.
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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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