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SDO: The Solar Dynamics Observatory is the first mission to be launched for NASA's Living With a Star (LWS) Program, a program designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. SDO is designed to help us in understanding the Sun's influence on Earth and near-earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.

 

Project Status :
In progress

IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, NASA, launched in 2013) combines imagers and a spectrograph. The solar group gets interest in this mission for its diagnosis capacities of the solar plasma based on these two technics.

Contact: J-C Vial

Project Status :
In progress

This mission (NASA, launched in 2009), following the path of Corot, combines also asteroseismology and the search of exoplanets. The stellar group is actively involved in the data analysis.

 

Contact: T. Appourchaux

Project Status :
In progress

Solar Orbiter is a mission for the study of the Sun and its heiosphere. It was selected as the M1 mission of the ESA Cosmic Vision program. Launch is expected in 2020.

 

Solar Orbiter will be the first satellite for the exploration of inner parts of our solar system, allowing a continuous observation (in co-rotation) of active regions of the Sun and providing close-in observations of the polar regions of our star.

Project Status :
In progress

PRONEXT (PROcessus NEbulaires à la surface des grains EXTraterrestres

 

Project Status :
In progress

CLASP (Chromospheric Lyman Alpha Spectro Polarimeter, NASA) is another rocket-borne instrument which objective is the measure of the polarisation of chromospheric Ly alpha radiation in order to measure the chromospheric magnetic field.

Contact: F. Auchère

Project Status :
In progress

MICMOC est l’acronyme de Matière Interstellaire et Cométaire : Molécules Organiques Compexes et s’intéresse à la formation, l’évolution et la caractérisation de la matière organique extraterrestre, que celle-ci soit interstellaire ou interplanétaire (cométaire pour l’essentiel).

 

Project Status :
In progress

The BepiColombo mission was launched on October 19, 2018 for an arrival at Mercury in 2026. This ambitious mission will study all aspects of the closest planet to the sun, from interior to surface to magnetosphere. More details on the launch here.

 

Contacts : Yves Langevin, François Poulet, Mathieu Vincendon

Project Status :
Launched

The Mars2020 / Perseverance rover is the NASA's 2nd large-scale in situ exploration mobile robotic mission. The rover is based on the Curiosity except that the mission will have the ability to encapsulate Martian samples that could be recovered later by another so-called sample return mission. IAS was in charge of the calibration of the near-infrared IRS point spectrometer developed by LESIA and IRAP within the SuperCam instrumental consortium led by Los Alamos (USA). IRS is the first near-infrared spectrometer on the surface of Mars. It is one of Supercam's major iinstruments and allows to constrain the mineralogical composition of rocks and Martian soil. We also actively participated in the selection of the landing site.

 

Contact: François Poulet

 

Project Status :
Exploitation

The Japanese mission Hayabusa2 aims at studying and returning samples of the C-type asteroid "Ryugu", a first in the exploration of the Solar System. These asteroids are considered to have preserved among the most primordial materials in the solar system, and to possibly be the parent bodies of carbonaceous chondrites, primitive meteorites containing a significant fraction of organic matter (up to a few percent).

Project Status :
Exploitation

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