Solar wind at 33 AU: Setting bounds on the Pluto interaction for New Horizons

  title={Solar wind at 33 AU: Setting bounds on the Pluto interaction for New Horizons},
  author={F. Bagenal and P. Delamere and H. Elliott and M. Hill and C. Lisse and D. McComas and R. McNutt and Jr. and J. Richardson and C. Smith and D. Strobel},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies past Pluto on 14 July 2015, carrying two instruments that detect charged particles. Pluto has a tenuous, extended atmosphere that is escaping the planet's weak gravity. The interaction of the solar wind with Pluto's escaping atmosphere depends on solar wind conditions as well as the vertical structure of Pluto's atmosphere. We have analyzed Voyager 2 particles and fields measurements between 25 and 39 AU and present their statistical variations. We have… Expand
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