Kiel receives a Guest Investigatorship in the BepiColombo mission

Feb 17, 2020

The BepiColombo spacecraft was launched in October 2018 and is currently on its long journey to Mercury. The joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), with a main focus on planetary science. However, BepiColombo also carries the X-ray and Energetic Particle Instrument SIXS, which is well suited to detect and study Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events, one of the main research topics of the Extraterrestrial Physics division at CAU. In November 2019 Dr. Nina Gieseler (neé Dresing) was selected as a Guest Investigator in the BepiColombo mission to employ the otherwise non-public data in a research field additional to planetary science. Adding this additional spacecraft as another viewpoint will be very valuable in the study of widespread and multi-spacecraft events.