Fran Bagenal studies the magnetic fields of planets, the interactions of plasmas with atmospheres, and magnetospheric processes. She has worked with plasma data from a variety of space missions, starting with the Voyager mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. She was on the science teams of the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Deep Space 1 mission to Comet Borrelly. She edited Jupiter: Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere. She heads the plasma teams on the first two New Frontiers missions: New Horizons mission to Pluto (launched January 2006, arrived at Pluto in July 2015) and Juno, a Jupiter polar orbiter (launched 2011, due to arrive at Jupiter in 2016).
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