The ESA is looking for a name for a probe that is to warn of sunshine and proposals can now be submitted online. The opposite still under the project name "Lagrange" Running mission was the first of its kind, writes the ESA. It should be placed on the Lagrange point L5 and will look from there on the side of the sun and earth. From this perspective, she will see in advance when a danger of breaking up to the earth turning to the earth on us. This will help you help to protect critical infrastructure such as power grids and satellites. Against this background, a name for the probe is now wanted.
Observation of space weather is becoming increasingly important
The names will now be opened at a time in which the sun is even more focused on the focus, even because a new cycle has begun and the activity of the sun will increase significantly in the coming years. After the last sun cycle, however, has taken to the weakest of the youngest past, the International Expert Board for predicting the solar activity had predicted a further comparatively weak maximum. This will be reached sometime between November 2024 and Marz 2026. Nevertheless, the continuing technicalization was able to quickly encourage the effects of heavy particle and radiation eruptions. Among other things, the nameless ESA mission is to counteract.
Until 17. October can now be made proposals – with no more than one per e-mail address being involved. People from all 22 member states, the EU, Argentina, Australia and some ISS partner states can participate. The proposal must therefore be written in English, accepted names from a maximum of three words in a European language. The proposals must have a relation to the mission and their goal. Among all the name submitted is selected by the ESA the winner. If you have proposed the ultimately victorious name, you will receive a voucher for the space shop of the ESA.
Parallel to the presentation of the names, the ESA has also informed that its own solar orbiter has observed a coronal mass outer for the first time in his mission. That sucked on the 10th. February, when the probe was from the point of view of the earth behind our central star. Therefore, the transfer of the data collected to earth took so long. Coronal mass surfers or CMES ("Coronal Mass Ejection") Are an important aspect of the so-called space weather. To watch this, the ESA operates the so-called Space Weather Network and its own internet portal. The mission to be named should be an important part of it.
Solar Orbiter sees first coronal mass outer (Source: Solar Orbiter / Eui Team / Metis Team / Solohi Team / ESA NASA)