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Huygens Probes at the Sun

Whitepaper #417 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research. Additional topics: inner heliosphere; solar physics; space-based missions/projects.

Published onJul 31, 2023
Huygens Probes at the Sun

In order to solve the coronal heating problem and understand the formation of the solar wind, in situ, ground truth measurements must be made in the magnetically closed-corona. We envision Huygens Probes at the Sun: a series of expendable, small satellites that take in situ measurements in the closed-field corona, which are released from a parent spacecraft orbiting near to the Sun.

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