Dr. Kelly Korreck
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Mission Statement

Sharing my passion for science, I strive to inspire others to love and appreciate the wonder, beauty and awesome power of nature and the universe around us.


I strive to appreciate all that is in the world that surrounds us. As a scholar of nature and science, I am dedicated to hard work, peace, ethical use of information, and communicating the wonder of the universe to humankind.


I believe that the human spirit has infinite potential. As a leader, I am responsible for respecting the human spirit that is unique within each one of us. I strive to aid others in their quest for personal growth. Mutual respect for our unique gifts and talents will dictate how we interact. Together, we are better. We can explore farther and appreciate and love the elegance of the universe.

Bio & Research

Dr. Kelly Korreck, a Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Astrophysicist, works on understanding the Sun, its activity, and how to best observer it in order to understand how to live with our nearest stellar neighbor.
I worked with an amazing international team to build the High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) Sounding Rocket. Those 5 minutes of flight captured the highest resolution images of the solar corona in the extreme ultraviolet.

Currently, I am a science Co-I, head of Science Operations, and Project Manager of the Solar Wind Electron Alpha and Proton (SWEAP) Instrument Suite which is aboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe – a mission to touch the Sun’s corona. #hottestcoolestmissiontothesun”

I work on understanding space weather. I build and operate scientific satellite instrumentation. Some of the projects I work on are listed below.

SWEAP Instrument Suite on Parker Solar Probe
Currently, I am the Program Manager, a science Co-I and head of Science Operations of the Solar Wind Electron Alpha and Proton (SWEAP) Instrument Suite which is flying on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe – a mission to touch the Sun’s corona.


I serve as the lead for the Heliopshyics Future Leader Program for this mission to understand our outer solar system.

Interstellar Probe

American Women’s History Initiative

Hi – C Sounding rocket

In 2012, the High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) Sounding Rocket took 5 minutes of flight, capturing the highest resolution images of the solar corona in the extreme ultraviolet.

Hinode X-ray Telescope

TRACE Satellite


I love talking to the public about astronomy, our Sun, and exploring our solar system and beyond. I am so lucky that I get the opportunity!

AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador

I am honored to be an “IF/THEN” Ambassador. Advancing science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.

Planetarium Shows

I had the distinct pleasure to create 3 planetarium shows about my work on the Parker Solar Probe and on Space Weather. 

a) “Cloudy with a chance of Solar Flare: How space weather affects everyday life?” Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2016)

b) “Parker Solar Probe” Boston Museum of Science

Educational Videos

I did a segment on chemistry in an educational video for high school Juniors and Seniors.

The final product can be found at:

My segment in this video, from 14:15-19:37, describes the chemistry of the Sun.

Space on the Hill

I worked on a series of educational programs to bring the excitement of science to the Hill. Space on the Hill is a semi-regular briefing series, co-sponsored with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). These briefings are designed to educate Hill staff about the astronomical sciences. 


More details are coming soon.

Solar Orbiter

More details are coming soon.

Speaking Engagement

Mt. Cuba Observatory, University of Delaware,  7pm (Open to Public)

American Geophysical Union Fall meeting (For Conference attendees only)

To contact me for speaking engagements please email:

Academic Talk

Extreme Spacecrafting: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe –

Dr. Kelly Korreck, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Science Operations Lead for SWEAP Instrument Suite aboard Parker Solar Probe and Tony Case, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Solar Probe Cup Instrument Scientist.


Academic Talk

“Our Sun in High Definition” with Kelly Korreck –

Academic Talk

NASA At Fenway:



I love talking to the public about astronomy, our beautiful sky, and the exciting hunt for planets outside out solar system. I am so lucky that I get the opportunity!

Eclipse Coverage

Segment on NBC 


STEM in 30 From Intern to Astrophysics: Dr. Kelly Korreck, My path.

Solar Physicist Dr. Kelly Korreck tells the story of her career from a young University of Michigan undergraduate student to being a Solar Physicist for the NASA Parker Solar Probe.  

“The Sun Throws Temper Tantrums”

Learn About the Sun with Solar Physicist Dr. Kelly Korreck.

Solar Physicist Dr. Kelly Korreck provides an in depth look of her exploration of the Sun and its effects on Space Weather.

Parker Solar Probe Outreach

Parker Solar Probe Outreach at NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center.

Key Parker Solar Probe Sensor Bests Sun Simulator—Last Launch Hurdle

You don’t get to swim in the sun’s atmosphere unless you can prove you belong there. And the Parker Solar Probe’s Faraday cup, a key sensor aboard the $1.5 billion NASA mission launching this summer, earned its stripes last week by enduring testing in a homemade contraption designed to simulate the sun.

Chemistry of the Sun

“Chemistry of the Sun” aimed at high school students. Atoms and Light
Exploring Atomic and Electronic Structure
Hosted by Michael McCarthy

Women Who Chase the Sun

As a solar physicist, Dr. Kelly Korreck investigates the critical details of how the Sun and other stars work. To pursue this goal, Korreck builds and operates scientific instruments that are launched into space aboard satellites.

Wonderful Women Wednesdays

Solar physicist, Dr. Kelly Korreck, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, researches high energy phenomena associated with shock physics in the heliosphere and in astronomical systems such as supernova remnants. #Groundbreaker


I am committed to increasing equity and support for underrepresented minorities in the science fields, especially women in STEM. I firmly believe in mentoring. We all have something to learn and to teach each other. Here are some of the mentorship and community support efforts I am or have been involved in:


We all work better when we work together!


Working together to a common goal is always welcome! Contact me with opportunities in the following categories:

– Space Weather science studies

– Space weather instrumentation

– Mentoring girls and women in STEM

– Creating inclusive workspaces

– Leadership training

– Public speaking on the Sun, Space Weather, leading technical teams