Introduction: The Equator-S mission
- 1Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
- 2University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Abstract. In spite of its short operational life of only five months, the major goals of the Equator-S mission were fulfilled, except that its contribution to the ISTP science is restricted to the morning sector of the outer magnetosphere. A set of twelve papers following this introduction is a first documentation of the achievements. They span from the successful testing and operation of the most advanced and complex way of measuring electric fields in a hot plasma environment by means of electron beams, to various investigations at or near the equatorial magnetopause and in the plasma sheet.