Atlas Successfully Launches its Solar Orbiter Mission


Solar Orbiter is expected to make its first close pass by the Sun in 2022, drawing ever closer with successive Venus and Earth assists. "Combined with the other recently launched NASA solar exploration missions, we're gaining unprecedented new knowledge about our star", said Zurbuchen. Tune in for launch coverage starting at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 to see liftoff, now targeted for 11:03 p.m. EST. After all, while we humans have a soft spot for the sun, it's just a star like any other - which means that scientists can apply what these three missions discover to all the stars we'll never be able to see as clearly. The sun is just one of many inter-agency collaborations, including NASA and the European Space Agency.

"After some twenty years since inception, six years of construction, and more than a year of testing, together with our industrial partners we have established new high-temperature technologies and completed the challenge of building a spacecraft that is ready to face the Sun and study it up close", said Dr. César García Marirrodriga, ESA's Solar Orbiter project manager. "It has a very intricate heat shield that is keeping it safe from the [S] un, with these little peep holes that open when we want to look at the [S] un, but then close because the instruments are so sensitive". In 1990 Ulysses also flew over the poles of the Earth at a far larger reach and didn't carry any device, a joint NASA-European Space Agency cooperation launched. "By the end of our Solar Orbiter mission, we will know more... than ever before". Solar Orbiter's final schedule was dependent on its precise launch date, but as mission personnel evaluated how each timetable aligned the spacecraft with the Parker Solar Probe's close approaches, they found intriguing opportunities regardless of the launch date, Fox said.

Scientists plan to use Solar Orbiter to answer key questions about the sun, such as the its magnetic field, the formation of the solar wind, and how solar activity like flares and coronal mass ejections affect solar weather at the Earth.

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He is also the main investigator for one of Solar Orbiter's ten instruments. Needless to say, the Solar Orbiter team is ecstatic.

Europe and NASA's Soho spacecraft, launched in 1995, are still sending valuable solar data. Such phenomenons can disrupt satellites and infrastructure on Earth, so it would be great to have a little more extra time in order to get prepared. The Orbiter has a mass of almost 4,000 lbs, a wingspan of almost 60 feet and is carrying a complement of 10 instruments for gathering data from our Solar System's central player.

In line with NASA's observation within the contemporary record, they mentioned to its excessive, the Orbiter will dip throughout the Mercury's orbit which is 26 million miles clear of the solar.