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NASA’s Solar Probe Wind data reveals Energy Source for the Solar Wind

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Using data from an aging NASA spacecraft, researchers have found signs of an energy source in the solar wind that has caught the attention of fusion researchers. NASA will be able to test the theory later this decade when it sends a new probe into the sun for a closer look.

The discovery was made by a group of astronomers trying to solve a decades-old mystery: What heats and accelerates the solar wind?

An artist's concept of the Wind spacecraft sampling the solar wind. Justin Kasper's science result is inset.

An artist’s concept of the Wind spacecraft sampling the solar wind. Justin Kasper’s science result is inset.

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