NASA's Upcoming Missions to Sun

Two missions to explore the Sun and the mechanism which drives space weather near Earth have been approved by NASA.

These two missions are the Epsilon Mission Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope, or EUVST, and the Zeeman Imaging Explorer Electrojet, or EZIE.



Together, NASA's commitment to the missions would help us recognize the intertwined structure of the Sun and Earth, the US Space Agency declared Tuesday.

One day, recognizing the physics behind solar wind and solar bursts, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections, will help scientists foresee these phenomena, which would affect human technologies and space explorers.



In a quote, Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for Science at NASA headquarters in Washington, said, "We are very pleased to add these new missions to the growing fleet of satellites that are studying our Sun-Earth system using an amazing array of unprecedented observational tools,"


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is heading the Epsilon Mission (Solar-C EUVST Mission) of the Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST), along with other foreign collaborators.


EUVST is a solar telescope scheduled for launch in 2026 that will study how the solar atmosphere releases solar wind and drives solar material eruptions.

These processes spread from the Sun and affect the solar system's whole space radiation setting.

Reference - Nasa

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