NASA approves two missions to explore Sun, Earth’s aurora
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved two missions to explore the Sun and the system that drives space weather near Earth on Wednesday. The two missions are Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope Epsilon Mission, or EUVST, and the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer, or EZIE.
“Excited to announce the final new @NASASun missions of the year 2020! I am excited about both of them - one a super innovative #cubesat based mission and the other one a contribution to a mission in partnership with @JAXA_en to observe our Sun in new ways,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for Science at NASA headquarters.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) leads the Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon Mission (Solar-C EUVST Mission), along with other international partners. It is targeted for launch in 2026, EUVST is a solar telescope that will study how the solar atmosphere releases solar wind and drives eruptions of solar material. These phenomena propagate out from the Sun and influence the space radiation environment throughout the solar system.
The budget for the NASA contributions to EUVST is said to be $55 million.