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The Advanced Composition Explorer

Stone, E. C. and Frandsen, A. M. and Mewaldt, R. A. and Christian, E. R. and Margolies, D. and Ormes, J. F. and Snow, F. (1998) The Advanced Composition Explorer. Space Science Reviews, 86 (1-4). pp. 1-22. ISSN 0038-6308. doi:10.1023/A:1005082526237.

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The Advanced Composition Explorer was launched August 25, 1997 carrying six high-resolution spectrometers that measure the elemental, isotopic, and ionic charge-state composition of nuclei from H to Ni (1 ≤Z ≤ 28) from solar wind energies (∼1 keV nucl^(−1)) to galactic cosmic-ray energies (∼500 MeV nucl^(−1)). Data from these instruments is being used to measure and compare the elemental and isotopic composition of the solar corona, the nearby interstellar medium, and the Galaxy, and to study particle acceleration processes that occur in a wide range of environments. ACE also carries three instruments that provide the heliospheric context for ion composition studies by monitoring the state of the interplanetary medium. From its orbit about the Sun-Earth libration point ∼1.5 million km sunward of Earth, ACE also provides real-time solar wind measurements to NOAA for use in forecasting space weather. This paper provides an introduction to the ACE mission, including overviews of the scientific goals and objectives, the instrument payload, and the spacecraft and ground systems.

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Additional Information:© 1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers. The ACE Mission was designed and developed by many organizations and individuals under the support of the Explorer Program in the NASA Office of Space Science. Special thanks go to the many members of the spacecraft team at JHU/APL, the ACE Payload Management Office at Caltech, the NASA/GSFC ACE Project team at GSFC, and the nine instrument teams that are acknowledged in the accompanying papers. Guidance by W. Vernon Jones, the ACE Program Scientist, throughout all phases of the ACE Project is greatly appreciated.
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