Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this A4 colour brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and research council establishments in the Cluster mission that is currently exploring the Earth's space environment. The European Space Agency’s Cluster is an exciting and unique research project. It is the first space science mission to fly four identical spacecraft in formation, in orbit around the Earth. In this configuration, Cluster’s quadruplicate set of instruments will allow space scientists for the first time to study in three-dimensional detail the shifting, complex structure of the Earth’s magnetic field – the magnetosphere – and the flow of charged particles (plasma) trapped within it. STFC is a part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) partnership of research councils.

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