October 29th, 2018
Metis cap mechanism successfully integrated
The Metis cap release mechanism has been installed today. The measurement at the beginning of the installation indicated no evidence of rotational misalignment at all…
October 24th, 2018
Installation of the heat shield on the Solar Orbiter spacecraft
The heat shield has been installed successfully on the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, on October 24, 2018…
Metis: a novel coronagraph design for the Solar Orbiter mission
Metis is the coronagraph of the scientific payload of Solar Orbiter, the first mission of the European Space Agency program Cosmic Vision 2015-2025.
The Metis experiment is an international collaboration led by the Astrophysical Observatory of Turin of the National Institute of Astrophysics and involving 20 european research institutes.
How energy is deposited in the polar regions where the fast solar wind is generated and accelerated?
Which are the sources of the slow solar wind at lower latitudes?
How does the global corona evolve and how does give birth to the huge coronal mass ejections characteristic of solar activity?
Solar Orbiter: exploring the Sun
ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission is conceived to perform a close-up study of our Sun and inner heliosphere – the uncharted innermost regions of our Solar System – to better understand, and even predict, the unruly behaviour of the star on which our lives depend.