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Cluster and Double Star orbits on 8 May 2004
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- Title Cluster and Double Star orbits on 8 May 2004
- Released 03/10/2006 4:41 pm
- Copyright ESA
This sketch shows the orbits of the Cluster and Double Star (TC-1) spacecraft on 8 May 2004, when the five satellites observed magnetic channels created by the merging of the Sun and the Earth's magnetic fields. Such events, called 'Flux Transfer Events,' allow solar particles to break through the Earth's magnetic shield and penetrate the Earth's environment.