Close Up Study of the Sun. Solar Orbiter launches February 7/8
Studying the Sun up close, taking high-resolution images of the Sun’s poles for the first time, and understanding the Sun-Earth connection
Built by Airbus in the UK, engineers have had the challenging task of designing a mission to make detailed observations of the Sun. Also to capture the closest ever pictures of our nearest star and the first images of the poles.
ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft has been in Florida since November 2019. It is in preparation for its launch on NASA provided Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral.
Equipped with a suite of ten instruments, Solar Orbiter will capture the closest ever pictures of our star. The first images of its poles, and make detailed observations of solar activity. Its specially designed heat shield is capable of enduring temperatures of more than 500 degrees Celsius.
Launch date: 7/8 February (EST/CET)
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