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Space SDO Launches

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

    Jul 28, 2004
    NASA Picture Of The Day
    SDO Launches


    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, SDO, launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-41 at 10:23 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. SDO is the first satellite of NASA's Living with a Star (LWS) program. From its geosynchronous orbit, SDO will point its instruments at the sun, conducting groundbreaking research that is expected to reveal the sun's inner workings by constantly taking high resolution images, collecting readings from inside the sun and measuring its magnetic field activity. This data is expected to give researchers the insight they need to eventually predict solar storms and other activity on the sun that can affect spacecraft in orbit, astronauts on the International Space Station and electronic and other systems on Earth. Image Credit: Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance (More at NASA Picture Of The Day)

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