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UAE's Hope Probe Mission - NYU Abu Dhabi
It's been exactly a month since the UAE made history by sending a mission to Mars. We get an update on progress from Dimitra Atri, Research Scientist at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Space Science.
Omny Studio FM | August 19, 2020

Flow of Sun’s plasma controls sunspot cycle
A helioseismology study maps the flow of plasma inside the Sun and supports a model that also explains the sunspot cycle.
Nature Middle East | June 26, 2020

Distant Whirling-Dervish Stars Spin in Super-Weird Patterns
"In space, you have continuous data," study lead author Othman Benomar, a stellar scientist at New York University Abu Dhabi, told Space.com.
Space.com | September 21, 2018

PLATO spacecraft to find new Earth-like exoplanets
Phys.org | June 21, 2017

Europe backs missions to search for Earth-like planets, deep space cataclysms
Science | June 20, 2017

Europe will put 26 telescopes on one satellite to hunt for Earth-like planets -- The European Space Agency is looking for an Earth Twin.
Popular Mechanics | June 20, 2017  

Scientists discover roundest object ever spotted in universe
USA Today | November 16, 2016

'Roundest known space object' identified
BBC News | November 17, 2016

Faraway star is roundest natural object ever seen
Fox News | November 18, 2016

Astronomers Discover Roundest Star
Sky & Telescope | November 21, 2016

This star is the roundest natural object ever seen
Universe Today | November 26, 2016

UAE and the Middle East News Coverage

Experts convene at NYU Abu Dhabi to discuss the future of space
Broadcast Pro ME | January 28, 2018

NYUAD to Host UAE's First Space Data Centre
The National | October 21, 2017

The American University of Sharjah to offer space science courses

The National | April 3, 2016

#UAEinnovators: Space Agency recruits reach for the stars
The National | November 24, 2016

الصعود البطيء لمغناطيسية الشمس (Arabic)
Nature Middle East | October 3, 2016

The slow rise of the Sun’s magnetism
Nature Middle East | July 17, 2016

Delving into the stars
Nature Middle East | November 30, 2016

News Highlights from Space Research

by Laurent Gizon, Research Professor

Recent News about PHI on Solar Orbiter
The Polarimetric and Helioseismic Instrument (PHI) was switched on February 26, following the successful launch of Solar Orbiter. PHI booted, new software was loaded, the first and functional tests started. Everything went fine. In the next coming months PHI will enter the commissioning phase with in-depth tests and ‘first light’.

10 Years of SDO
In February 2020 NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory celebrates ten years of successful operations. NASA released a movie showing visual highlights from SDO of spectacular events, including wave phenomena in the solar atmosphere, beautiful prominence eruptions, bright flares, grazing comets, and planetary transits. The HMI instrument on SDO provided continuous observations for studying the solar interior using helioseismology. Notable results using SDO/HMI include measurements of convective flows and large-scale circulation, the discovery of global-scale Rossby waves, and new constraints on the mechanism of magnetic flux emergence. The scientific community hopes that SDO will remain operational for many more years.

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Solar Orbiter on its way to the Sun
On February 9 at 11pm EST, the European mission Solar orbiter was successfully launched by an Atlas booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft was placed on the correct trajectory and the solar panels were deployed. In about two weeks, the commissioning of the instruments will start for a period of about three months. During the cruise phase, Solar Orbiter will undergo gravity assist manoeuvers with Venus in Dec 2020 and Aug 2021. This will be followed by an Earth fly-by, which will mark the beginning of the science operation phase. The spacecraft will execute additional venus fly-bys to tilt the orbit out of the ecliptic plane at each fly-by. The orbital inclination will ultimately reach 33 degrees towards the end of the mission. This unique orbital configuration will offer close views of the Sun at perihelia and unprecedented views of the polar regions. A major scientific objective of Solar Orbiter is to determine the dynamics of the high-latitude regions using helioseismology and feature tracking methods. High-latitude flows are a missing ingredient in models of the solar activity cycles.

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