Mon. May 17th, 2021

NASA to Broadcast Solar Orbiter Launch, Prelaunch Activities

NASA is targeting 11:03 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 9, for the launch of Solar Orbiter, a world collaborative mission between ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA. The spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.

Live coverage will begin on NASA Television and therefore the agency’s website Friday, Feb. 7, with prelaunch events.

Solar Orbiter will observe the Sun with high spatial resolution telescopes and capture observations within the environment directly surrounding the spacecraft to make a one-of-a-kind picture of how the Sun can affect the space environment throughout our system . The spacecraft also will provide the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles and therefore the never-before-observed magnetic environment there, which helps drive the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle and its periodic outpouring of solar storms.

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