Post-launch Support for UK continued involvement in the Japanese Hinode Mission

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Mullard Space Science Laboratory


Hinode is an ISAS/JAXA spacecraft that was launched in September 2006. The mission is a Japan/US/UK mission that studies the Sun. Hinode is designed to answer the fundamental question of how magnetic fields are formed and interact with the atmosphere to create the activity that we observe on the Sun. This subsequently addresses all phenomena that have an impact on the Sun-Earth system, such as the formation of the solar winds (both slow and fast), triggering of flares and coronal mass ejections, and formation and maintenance of filaments and prominences. Hinode has been extremely successful fulfilling all of its mission requirements in the first 2 years of the mission. Indeed the publication rate in the second year of operation far exceeds that of Hubble during the same time period. This proposal is for continued involvement of the UK in the mission in terms of operating, calibrating, data archive and community support for the EUV Imaging Spectrometer.


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Description over 900 refereed publications
solar wind formation
solar flare trigger
polar magnetic fields
Exploitation Route The international community continues to publish actively using Hinode data.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Education

Description Used for many outreach activities including schools talks, public talks, TV and radio interviews. Included as a teaching aid for spectroscopy in schools.
First Year Of Impact 2006
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description International network
Amount £124,677 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2011 
End 03/2014
Description Hinode science 
Organisation National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Department Solar Physics
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have collaborated with many groups assisting them in using Hinode data, helping them set up observing campaigns
Collaborator Contribution Complements the science done in the UK
Impact see publication list
Start Year 2006
Description School visits, public talks, RS exhibition etc, lab open days, TV and radio interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1000s of people have had presentations etc, as well as media interview and articles.

increased interest in solar activity from the press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
Description outreach activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact public talks are given on roughly a monthly basis

Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014