Welcome to the SPICE on Solar Orbiter website!

The SPectral Imaging of the Coronal Environment or SPICE instrument is an imaging spectrometer on board the Solar Orbiter mission.

It is a European-led instrument with different partners across Europe and the USA participating in the SPICE consortium.

 

Solar Orbiter facing the Sun

 

WHAT IS SPICE?

Tracing structures in the heliosphere, the magnetic bubble in which the solar system exists, all the way to their solar origin is the number one objective of the Solar Orbiter mission. SPICE is essential for this objective. This remote-sensing instrument will investigate the extreme ultraviolet light from the Sun, deciphering the activity taking place in the different layers of our star's atmosphere.

In particular, it will provide a complete temperature coverage from the low chromosphere to the flaring corona as its passbands are dominated by emission lines from several different ionized atoms (e.g. H, C, O, N, Si, Fe, ...). It will also enable diagnostics of the solar atmosphere plasma composition, and will link the solar wind stream composition detected in-situ with other instruments aboard the spacecraft.

 

LATEST NEWS:

  • 23 April 2020: SPICE has obtained its first light! Press release from RAL here.  
     
  • 20 March 2020: SPICE is currently undergoing commissioning. All of the individual subsystems tested so have passed with flying colours and earlier this week the team successfully opened the SPICE detector door!
     
  • 25 February 2020: SPICE successfully switched on! Press release from RAL here
     
  • 9-10 February 2020: Solar Orbiter was launch in the night of 9-10 February 2020, from Cape Canaveral, with SPICE onboard. 
     
  • February 2020: Small SPICE consortium meeting planned on Thursday 6 2020 in the afternoon, ahead of the launch.
  • January 2020: SPICE is now on social media! Twitter: @spice_on_SolO and Instagram: @solarorbiter_spice. Follow us!

more news...

 

 
 
 
Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.