NASA’s STEREO-A and ESA/NASA’s SOHO spacecraft detected a coronal mass ejection, or CME, leaving the solar on April 17 at 12:36 p.m. EDT. This CME didn’t affect Earth however did transfer towards Mars, passing the planet within the late night and early morning hours of April 21 and 22.
The CME reached Mars two days after NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter grew to become the primary plane in historical past to make a powered, managed flight on one other planet. NASA tracks such photo voltaic eruptions as a result of photo voltaic eruptions can set off particle and radiation occasions that pose a danger to astronauts and delicate spacecraft electronics. As astronauts enterprise past Earth’s protecting magnetic discipline to the Moon and Mars, NASA’s Moon to Mars Area Climate Workplace at NASA Goddard Area Flight Heart in Greenbelt, Maryland, in collaboration with the Group Coordinated Modeling Heart tracks photo voltaic exercise to present superior warning to spacecraft and crewed missions.
The CME was a comparatively gradual one, touring between 1.5 and 1.eight million miles an hour (700 and 800 kilometers per second). It prompted no points for concern and the Ingenuity workforce didn’t must take any steps to guard the helicopter. As we go ahead, nonetheless, NASA will proceed to incorporate house climate updates as an element when making choices round our know-how—and someday, astronauts—on Mars.
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Mars-directed coronal mass ejection erupts from the solar (2021, April 23)
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