Colorado Space Grant Students Teaming With PUNCH to Image the Sun

Colorado Space Grant Consortium students will work with the PUNCH team to design, build, and integrate an x-ray spectrometer that will compliment the overall science mission.  The PUNCH (Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere) mission, is a landmark Small Explorers Program mission that will image beyond the Sun’s outer corona.

PUNCH will consist of a constellation of four suitcase-sized microsatellites or “microsats” that will launch as early as 2022. The microsats will orbit the Earth in formation to study how the Sun’s atmosphere, or corona, connects with the interplanetary medium. PUNCH will provide the first global images of how the solar corona infuses the solar wind with mass and energy.

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