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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:58 PM
NASA's IRIS Mission Data Now Publicly Available
On Oct. 31, 2013, NASA's most recent addition to its solar-observing fleet began sharing its data and imagery with the world. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission launched on June 27, 2013, to join a network of solar spacecraft and ground-based observatories to provide unprecedented insight into a little understood region of the sun called the interface region. Tracing the flow of energy through this region – which sits between the sun's surface and the higher atmosphere, the corona -- has long-term implications for understanding what feeds so much heat into the corona and what drives the constant flow of material off the sun, called the solar wind.
"NASA makes all such data public and available to everyone," said Adrian Daw, the IRIS mission scientist at NASA's Goddard Flight Space Center in Greenbelt, Md. "The early observations are exciting: we're seeing flows and motions through the sun's atmosphere that we have never seen before, because of IRIS 's incredible resolution and faster observation rate. Now any scientist around the world can work on analyzing this great new data."
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001