As the mission heads into its ninth month, scientists are thrilled
with SORCE’s progress. The instruments continue to make
excellent solar and stellar observations. Since SORCE first launched,
the entire SORCE science team has met weekly to review the instrument
status, spacecraft status, ground contacts, spacecraft and instrument
planning, and data processing. In addition, many smaller meetings
are held during the week to focus on individual instruments and
the science data produced. These meetings are becoming more exciting
as the instrument calibration and data processing efforts are
being distributed to the science community through the Goddard
Space Flight Center DAAC. For additional information on obtaining
SORCE data from the DAAC and reading the SORCE HDF data files,
A belated 6-month launch celebration occurred at LASP in early
September to acknowledge all of those who have worked on SORCE
through the years. Bill Ochs, the NASA SORCE Project Manager for
the past four years presented individuals with certificates of
appreciation, as did Gary Rottman, SORCE Principal Investigator
and Tom Sparn, LASP’s SORCE Program Manager.
by each saying a few words about how unique the SORCE mission
has been from the very beginning and how wonderful it has been
developing the great working relationships over the years. Everyone
is very aware of the special team of people required for SORCE
to be so successful. Although Bill Ochs is
Pankratz, SORCE Data Processing Manager, accepts a SORCE Certificate
of Appreciation from Gary Rottman.
to other responsibilities at NASA, he is not intending to say
good-bye to the life-long friends he has made over the years.
With the main focus now on science, Ed Chang from NASA has joined
the SORCE management team, of course, working side-by-side with
LASP’s SORCE management.
LASP's SORCE Team Members (click for larger view)