Dr. Noureddine Raouafi
Dr. Nour E. Raouafi is an Astrophysicist and a Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. He is the Project Scientist of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission, which launched on August 12, 2018, and is the record holder of the closest man-made object to a star (i.e., the Sun) and also the fastest spacecraft. Parker will get as close as 3.8 million miles from the solar surface, that almost 4% of the Sun-Earth distance (i.e., 93 million miles)
He obtained his Ph.D. in December 2000 from the University of Paris XI (Orsay, France). Before joining the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in 2008, he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Göttingen, Germany 2002-2005) and the National Solar Observatory (Tucson, Arizona: 2005-2008).
His research spreads over a wide range of solar and heliospheric areas with an emphasis on the dynamic solar corona via the analysis of spectral and imaging observations, theory, and modeling. His primary contributions have been in the area of solar magnetic fields, coronal spectropolarimetry, coronal plumes and jets, CMEs and coronal shock waves, solar wind, solar energetic particles, and cometary physics. He authored and co-authored tens of peer-reviewed papers and meeting proceedings.
He is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and the AAS/Solar Physics Division (SPD).
He was awarded several prizes
2019: NASA Silver Achievement Medal Award: Parker Solar Probe has been awarded the NASA Silver Achievement Medal in recognition of its “stellar achievement” as humanity’s first mission to explore the Sun’s corona and the solar wind within the extreme environment around our star.
2019 AAS Neil Armstrong Award: The Parker Solar Probe team has been named the winner of the 2018 Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award, given by the American Astronautical Society at its 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Silver Spring, Maryland.
2016 JHUAPL peer-reviewed publication for the paper “The Solar Probe Plus Mission: Humanity’s First Visit to Our Star” published in Space Science Reviews.
2016 SES/SRP Merit Award for exceptional impact, expertise, and performance for the 2016 calendar year
2016 Parker Solar Probe Special Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the PSP mission.
1996 Award of excellence, Tunis Faculty of Sciences, University Tunis II, Tunisia
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