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.

 

 

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.

 

SPICE is now on social media! Twitter: @spice_on_SolO and Instagram: @solarorbiter_spice. Follow us!

LATEST NEWS:

  • 23 December 2021: SPICE data release v1.0.
     
  • 12/13 May 2021: SPICE operations consortium meeting (online).
     
  • 13/15 October 2020: SPICE operations consortium meeting (online).

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