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Liftoff! Solar Orbiter launches successfully | Space

Atlas V Rocket with Solar Orbiter Spacecraft NRL-built camera provides view into sun's polar regions
Sandy Nunez | 13 February, 2020, 19:45

When it strikes by these two bodies to get momentum, it is going to wind up in a orbit round the sun using a close approach space of only 26 million kilometers - nonetheless about 100 days so far as the Moon is from Earth, but so near that temperatures in their summit in the spacecraft will reach nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The UK-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and is now on its way to the Sun.

Researchers intend to utilize Solar Orbiter to respond to key inquiries regarding the sun, for example, its attractive field, the development of the sun-powered breeze, and how sun oriented action like flares and coronal mass discharges influence solar weather on the Earth. NASA says the spacecraft's instruments can collect data on the solar material and measure it. Minutes later, the mission team on the ground established communications with Solar Orbiter; making this launch the first of 2020 to without problems, for the ULA.

Onboard is a heat shield and 10 instruments in total, including energy particle detectors, magnetometers, a solar wind plasma analyzer, an X-ray spectrometer/telescope, a spectral imaging device and a heliospheric imager. They are responsible for some of the brightest displays of the auroras, but their effects on Earth's geomagnetic field can cause blackouts, and they can even damage orbiting spacecraft and satellites.

NASA's Solar Parker Probe is also on a mission to investigate the source of these solar winds, but will do so with a particular focus on the Sun's corona, or atmosphere, and how it accelerates and pushes them along.

Solar Orbiter's unique trajectory and comprehensive set of instruments will provide the first-ever images of the Sun's north and south poles.

It was a successful beginning of a NASA-European Space Agency partnership project.

Atlas V 411 Launching Solar Orbiter Into Space
Artist’s impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space. Credit ESA ATG medialab

Solar Orbiter will allow scientists to study our star in much more detail than previously possible and to observe specific features for longer periods than can be achieved by any spacecraft circling the Earth.

Getting access to the poles is crucial to solar science.

"Solar Orbiter is going to do incredible things", Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's associate administrator for science, boasted.

But although the Parker Probe might seem flashier, the Solar Orbiter still has some important science to take care of.

The US space agency NASA (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have now turned to the Sun after carrying out many fantastic discoveries in the space world. "The Inouye Solar Telescope is a microscope on the sun", Valentin Martínez Pillet, director of the National Solar Observatory, which runs the facility, told This is due to the lack of equipment and preparedness for an actual mission to be launched for us to understand the sun better. Nine were provided by ESA member states and ESA. NASA provided the 10th instrument and arranged the late-night launch from Cape Canaveral.

Solar Orbiter was constructed in the United Kingdom by Airbus, lead by an worldwide collaboration of scientist from ESA.

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