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SAMPEX Mission Overview

Mason, G. M. and Baker, D. N. and Blake, J. B. and Callis, L. A. and Hamilton, D. C. and Hovestadt, D. and Klecker, B. and Mewaldt, R. A. and Scholer, M. and Stone, E. C. and von Rosenvinge, T. T. (1990) SAMPEX Mission Overview. In: Particle astrophysics. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.203. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 44-47.

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The Solar, Anomalous, and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer, SAMPEX, will carry out energetic particle studies of outstanding scientific questions in the fields of space plasma physics, solar physics, magnetospheric and middle atmospheric physics, and cosmic ray physics. SAMPEX will measure the electron and ion composition of energetic particle populations from ∼0.4 MeV/nucleon to hundreds of MeV/nucleon from a zenith‐pointing small satellite in near‐polar orbit, using a coordinate set of detectors with excellent charge and mass resolution, and with higher sensitivity than previously flown instruments. While over the magnetic poles, the instruments will study the composition of anomalous cosmic rays, solar energetic particles, and galactic cosmic rays. At lower magnetic latitudes, geomagnetic cutoff effects will allow determination of the ionization state of these particles at energies much higher than can be studied from interplanetary spacecraft. At subauroral latitudes, SAMPEX will also observe precipitating relativistic magnetospheric electrons, which undergo important interactions within the middle atmosphere.

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Additional Information:© 1990 American Institute of Physics. Published online 20 March 1990. This work is supported in part by NASA contract NAS5-30704 and by the German Government.
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