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Solwind (P78-1)

Solwind (P78-1)

The Solwind, or P78-1, spacecraft

The Solwind, or P78-1, spacecraft. (Credit: USAF)

Lifetime: February 1979 - September 1985

Country (primary): United States

Primary Science

Solwind, or P78-1, was designed for Earth and sun-oriented experiments.

High Energy Science

Solwind's complement of experiments included gamma-ray and X-ray detectors which were used to study solar and cosmic sources.

Science Highlights

  • Pulse timing studies of pulsars
  • Identification and study of new transient sources
  • Observations of gamma-ray bursts

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A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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