Observations from RHESSI raised the maximum recorded energy of TGFs by a factor of 10, and indicate Earth gives off approximately 50 TGFs or more daily.
RHESSI investigators plan to collaborate with other researchers to investigate how various phenomena are related, Smith said.
Smith worked with RHESSI principal investigator Robert Lin at UC Berkeley and Christopher Barrington-Leigh, now at UBC, to plan ways they could use the satellite for a range of investigations in addition to studying solar flares.
RHESSI, a NASA Small Explorer spacecraft, was launched on Feb.
In August 2003, RHESSI received the NASA Senior Review Panel's highest rating of any of the 14 Sun-Earth Connection (SEC) missions.
RHESSI has obtained many "first time" observations of solar processes.
RHESSI is the sixth Small Explorer (SMEX) mission and the first to be managed in the "principal investigator" mode.
Total mission cost for RHESSI is about $85 million, which includes the spacecraft, science payload, launch vehicle, mission operations, and data analysis.
We're pleased to see that RHESSI is successfully doing its mission for Dr.
During its planned two-year mission, RHESSI will study the secrets of how solar flares are produced in the Sun's atmosphere.