Sun  Planets and Moons  ID: 2924

Sun vs. Mission to Mars

Spacecraft (green trajectory) on their way from the Earth (blue orbit) to Mars (red orbit) risk being hit by energetic events from the Sun, such as X-rays, energetic protons (blue streaks), and material from Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) (red blobs). The spiral lines from the Sun represent the magnetic field lines 'frozen' into the solar wind.

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Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Dan Spicer (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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SVS >> Earth
SVS >> Mars
SVS >> Spacecraft
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> X-ray
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Spacecraft >> Galileo
NASA Science >> Sun
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Coronal Mass Ejections

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version