Space Science Reviews

, Volume 136, Issue 1–4, pp 17–44 | Cite as

The STEREO Observatory

  • Andrew DriesmanEmail author
  • Shane Hynes
  • George Cancro


The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) is the third mission in NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Probes program. The mission is managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and implemented by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). This two-year mission provides a unique and revolutionary view of the Sun–Earth system. Consisting of two nearly identical observatories, one ahead of Earth in its orbit around the Sun and the other trailing behind the Earth, the spacecraft trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth and reveal the three-dimensional structure of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) to help explain their genesis and propagation. From its unique side-viewing vantage point, STEREO also provides alerts for Earth-directed solar ejections. These alerts are broadcast at all times and received either by NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) or by various space-weather partners.


STEREO Coronal mass ejections Solar-terrestrial relations Heliocentric orbit Heliospheric science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryLaurelUSA
  2. 2.Stellar Solutions, Inc.Palo AltoUSA

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