Sun  Planets and Moons  ID: 3569

THEMIS Dayside Science - Sampling the Bow Shock

In the early part of the mission, the five THEMIS satellites follow the same orbit single-file. The apogee of the orbit takes the spacecraft just beyond the bow shock of Earth's magnetosphere. This enables the closely spaced satellites to measure the thickness of the different regions that they encounter.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC): Producer
David G. Sibeck (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Joachim Raeder (University of New Hampshire): Scientist
Marit Oieroset (University of California at Berkeley): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
SSCweb also referred to as: SSCweb ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/GSFC Space Physics Data Facility - 2007-06-01 to 2008-06-10
Satellite ephemerides
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue also referred to as: Tycho Catalogue
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Breach in the Bowshock

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