The TRACERS science addresses key research areas under the NASA Heliophysics Program as identified by:

  • NRC Decadal Survey Critical Science Goals: Understanding Fundamental Processes and Dynamics and Coupling of the Earth’s Magnetosphere.
  • NASA Heliophysics Science and Technology Roadmap for 2014-2033, Our Dynamic Space Environment:

          -Solve the Fundamental Mysteries of Heliophysics 

          -Understand magnetic reconnection

          -Understand the plasma processes that accelerate and transport particles and Understand the Nature of Our Home Planet

          -Understand the coupling of the Earth’s magnetosphere-ionosphere/atmosphere system, and its response to external and internal forcing.