PUBLICATIONS :

revolving image of starSolar Probe + Mission Engineering Study Report - March 2008

Solar Probe +: Report of the Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) - March 2008

Thermal Design Considerations for the Solar Probe Electric Field Antenna Report - March 2008

Solar Probe: Thermal Protection System Risk Mitigation Study - January 2007


Executive Summary of the Solar Probe Science and Technology Definition Team Report - September 2005

Solar Probe: Report of the Science and Technology Definition Team,September 2005


Solar Probe Dust Environment Article: Dust Near the Sun Ingrid Mann et. al., July 7, 2003


NEWS CENTER:

Poster - Solar Probe: Report of the Science Definition Team to be presented at the Solar and Space Physics and the Vision for Space Exploration Conference, 16-20 October 2005


Solar Probe Status Report, COSPAR, Paris 2004 - D. McComas / SwRI, on behalf of the Solar Probe Science and Technology Definition Team


NASA's Office of Space Science announces that it has formed a Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) to provide scientific and technical support for the definition of a mission concept for the Solar Probe mission.

Team members are:


Ex-Officio and other non-members:


Announcing Opportunity to Participate in Solar Probe Science & Technology Definition Team:

The Office of Space Science (OSS) is in the process of forming a Science and Technology Definition Team to provide scientific and technical support for the definition of a mission concept for a Solar Probe Mission.

The Solar Probe mission was first priority of the National Academy of Sciences' Space Studies Board in 2002, and was identified as a "large class" mission of high importance, the research benefits of which would provide vital contributions toward achieving NASA's strategic goals in Space Sciences. In the SEC Roadmap of 2003, Solar Probe is defined as a mission of very high priority that accomplishes Sun-Earth Connection Division goals not achievable by any other mission presently in formulation or implementation.

Solar Probe is a mission designed to explore the processes and conditions that drive our planet and the heliosphere. It will be humanity's first visit to another star, and will explore a region of the solar system previously thought inaccessible. Since the 1999 Solar Probe Science Definition Team report, significant advances have been made in the areas of science understanding, instrument technology, mission resources, mission environment and related space missions such as Solar Orbiter.

In view of the above, in order to chart the course for implementing the recommendation of the Space Studies Board and the SEC Roadmap, NASA Headquarters intends to set up a Science and Technology Definition Team for a Solar Probe mission. The chair and members of the STDT will be selected by NASA Headquarters. The studies are to be completed by July 2004 with the final report to be done by September 2004.

If you would like to volunteer, please send a two-page description of your interest, and the expertise you would contribute to the STDT, to Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, (Code SS, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, 20546, Madhulika.Guhathakurta@hq.nasa.gov) no later than October 21, 2003. It is expected that members of the STDT's will be appointed in late November, 2003.