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Solar Orbiter Launch – to Spot the Sun

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Solar Orbiter Launch – to Spot the Sun .  Get ready for liftoff to the Sun! 🚀 LIVE Monday 10 February 03:30 GMT

Solar Orbiter is a collaboration between European Space Agency and NASA.  It is to study the inner workings of our nearest star. Tune in for launch coverage.  It will be from Cape Canaveral in Florida

The spacecraft – called Solar Orbiter – is a European Space Agency-led mission – and was assembled at Airbus in Stevenage, England.  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.

Many scientists are calling it the UK’s most important mission for a generation.

Mission is a study of the Sun up close. It will take high-resolution images of the Sun’s poles for the first time, and understanding the Sun-Earth connection

Equipped with a suite of ten instruments the 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.

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