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The STEREO Mission

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C. T. Russell
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C. T. Russell Originally published in the journal Space Science Reviews, Volume 136, Nos 1-4. DOI: 10. 1007/s11214-008-9344-1 © Springer Science+Business Media B. V. 2008 The Sun-Earth Connection is now an accepted fact. It has a signi cant impact on our daily lives, and its underpinnings are being pursued vigorously with missions such as the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory, commonly known as STEREO. This was not always so. It was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that Edward Sabine connected the 11-year geomagnetic cycle with Heinrich Schwabe's deduction of a like periodicity in the sunspot record. The clincher for many was Richard Carrington's sighting of a great whi- light are on the Sun, on September 1, 1859, followed by a great geomagnetic storm 18 hours later. But was the Sun-Earth Connection signi cant to terrestrial denizens? Perhaps in 1859 it was not, but a century later it became so. Beginning in the 1930's, as electrical powergrids grew in size, powercompanies began to realize that they occasionally had power blackouts during periods of intense geomagnetic activity. This correlation did not appear to be suf ciently signi cant to bring to the attention of the public but during the International Geophysical Year (IGY), when geomagnetic activity was being scrutinized intensely, the occurrence of a large North American power blackout during a great magnetic storm was impossible to ignore.
"The STEREO mission uses twin heliospheric orbiters to track solar disturbances from their initiation to 1 AU. This book documents the mission, its objectives, the spacecraft that execute it and the instruments that provide the measurements, both remote sensing and in situ. This mission promises to unlock many of the mysteries of how the Sun produces what has become to be known as space weather."
Foreword.- The STEREO Mission: An Introduction.- The STEREO Observatory.- STEREO Space Weather and the Space Weather Beacon.- Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (SECCHI).- STEREO IMPACT Investigation Goals, Measurements, and Data Products Overview.- The STEREO IMPACT Boom.- The STEREO/IMPACT Magnetic Field Experiment.- The IMPACT Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA).- The STEREO IMPACT Suprathermal Electron (STE) Instrument.- The Suprathermal Ion Telescope (SIT) for the IMPACT/SEP Investigation.- The Low-Energy Telescope (LET) and SEP Central Electronics for the STEREO Mission.- The Solar Electron and Proton Telescope for the STEREO Mission.- The High Energy Telescope for STEREO.- The Plasma and Suprathermal Ion Composition (PLASTIC) Investigation on the STEREO Observatories.- S/WAVES: The Radio and Plasma Wave Investigation on the STEREO Mission.- The Electric Antennas for the STEREO/WAVES Experiment.- STEREO/Waves Goniopolarimetry.- Theoretical Modeling for the STEREO Mission.- STEREO Ground Segment, Science Operations, and Data Archive.- The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) Education and Outreach (E/PO) Program.

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