Smile mission could help reduce ‘space weather’ disruption to satellite services

The European Space Agency has given the go-ahead to plans for a spacecraft to study the magnetic interaction between the sun and the Earth.

The mission, known as Smile (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer), will be conducted in collaboration with China. It will be a follow-on to their previous joint mission, known as Double Star/Tan Ce, which flew between 2003 and 2008 and also studied the sun-Earth connection.

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