WIND was launched on November 1, 1994 and is the first of two NASA
spacecraft in the Global Geospace Science initiative and part of the ISTP
Project. WIND will be positioned in a sunward, multiple double-lunar
swingby orbit with a maximum apogee of 250Re during the first two years
of operation. This will be followed by a halo orbit at the Earth-Sun L1
The science objectives of the WIND mission are:
See also The Global Geospace Science
its Investigations, Acuna, et. al and the Wind spacecraft diagram.
- Provide conplete plasma, energetic particle, and magnetic field input for magnetospheric and ionospheric studies.
- Determine the magnetospheric output to interplanetary space in the up-stream region
- Investigate basic plasma processes occuring in the near-Earth solar wind
- Provide baseline ecliptic plane observations to be used in heliospheric latitudes from ULYSSES.
See also the GGS Mission Operations Home