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FAST updates - May 8th, 2009

1.  FAST normal operations ended on May 1st, 2009. Mark Lewis reports that FAST is no longer gathering routine data. Various engineering tests are going on now. Some passes are still supported.  

2.  FAST Science Working Team will take place on Monday, May 18 at UCB to discuss archiving the data and science updates.


The Fast Auroral SnapshoT Explorer was launched into orbit on August 21, 1996. The instruments aboard FAST measure charged particles which enter Earth's upper atmosphere; large waves of these particles from the sun begin to glow once inside Earth's atmoshpere causing a spectacular light show known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

Visit the SEGway International Heliospheric Year(IHY) website with Sun-Earth connection activities, talks, and data for use around the world.

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