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Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe

NSSDCA ID: 2018-065A-03

Mission Name: Parker Solar Probe
Principal Investigator:Dr. Russell A. Howard


The Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe is a system of two visible light cameras designed to take images of the solar corona and inner heliosphere, as well as solar wind shocks and other structures as they approach and pass the spacecraft. The science objectives of the instrument are to understand the morphology, velocity, acceleration, and density of evolving solar wind structures when they are close to the Sun, to derive the 3D structure of the solar corona through which in-situ measurements are made to determine the sources of the solar wind, to determine the roles of turbulence, waves, and pressure-balanced structures in the solar wind, and to measure the physical properties of solar energetic particle producing shocks and their coronal mass ejection drivers as they evolve in the corona and inner heliosphere.

The Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe consists of two telescopes, designated the Outer Telescope and the Inner Telescope, mounted on the the side of the spacecraft behind the sunshield. The telescopes look in the direction of spacecraft travel off to the side of the Sun from behind the sunshield. The Inner Telescope views an area from 58.5 degrees from the center of the Sun to 98.5 degrees. The Outer Telescope views from 98.5 to 156.5 degrees offset from the Sun center. The telescopes focus onto two imagers that use radiation-hardened 2K x 2K Active Pixel Sensor CMOS detectors. The telescope lenses are made of radiation hard BK7 glass. A combination of baffle systems is used to mitigate stray light coming into the instruments. The image cadence can be up to one per second.

Alternate Names

  • ParkerSolarProbe/WidefieldImagerforSolarProbe


  • Planetary Science: Fields and Particles

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Russell A. HowardPrincipal InvestigatorUS Naval Research
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