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A Small Interstellar Probe to the Heliospheric Boundary and Interstellar Space

Mewaldt, R. A. and Kangas, J. and Kerridge, S.J. and Neugebauer, M. (1994) A Small Interstellar Probe to the Heliospheric Boundary and Interstellar Space. In: Proceedings of the IAAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions. Acta Astronautica. No.35. Pergamon Press , Oxford, UK, pp. 267-276.

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The Small Interstellar Probe m1ss1on would be designed to cross the solar wind termination shock and the heliopause, and make a significant penetration into nearby interstellar space. The principal scientific objectives of this mission would be to explore the structure of the heliosphere, to investigate its interaction with the interstellar medium, and to explore the nature of the interstellar medium itself. These studies would be carried out by a ~200 kg spacecraft carrying a scientific payload designed to make comprehensive, in situ measurements of both heliospheric and interstellar plasma, fields, energetic particles, gas, and dust. New trajectory calculations indicate significantly improved performance over earlier studies with larger spacecraft, including spacecraft velocities ranging from -6 to -14 AU/yr., depending on trajectory and launch vehicle.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 1994 Published by Elsevier Ltd. We appreciate contributions from a variety of individuals, including A. Cummings, C. Elachi, M. Evans, M. Forman, M. Gruntman, W. Kurth, T. Holzer, K. Hurley, V. Jones, D. Judge, F. McDonald, E. Mobius, F. Mozer, D. Schemansky, E. Smith, E. Stone, B. Tsurutani, and M. Witte. The work was at JPL was funded under contract to NASA; the work at Caltech was supported by NASA grant NAGW-1919.
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