HOUSTON—NASA will invest $400,000 in each of two nine-month secondary mission concept studies involving the Sun. The first study is to better understand the distant boundary between the Sun’s influence and the interstellar medium. The other study will explore the variabilities in the outermost reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere due to solar interactions. The agency intends to select one of the two as a secondary payload for launch with the Interstellar Mapping and ...

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