The mission

Solar Orbiter will address big questions in Solar System science to help us understand how our star creates and controls the giant bubble of plasma that surrounds the whole Solar System and influences the planets within it. It is an ESA mission with strong NASA participation.

The launch

Launch date: 9/10 February (EST/CET)

Launch window: February 2020

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, USA

Launcher: Atlas V 411

Solar Orbiter

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Magnetic field measurements during Solar Orbiter boom deployment
Science & Exploration

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

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Solar Orbiter boom and antenna deployments
Enabling & Support

Solar Orbiter braves challenging early days

14/02/2020 3250 views 84 likes
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Science & Exploration

Liftoff for Solar Orbiter, ESA’s mission to face the Sun up…

10/02/2020 7280 views 47 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Enabling & Support

Here comes the Sun!

07/02/2020 2265 views 26 likes
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Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation
Science & Exploration

Watch Solar Orbiter launch live

06/02/2020 13688 views 57 likes
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    Solar Orbiter at the launch pad
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    Solar Orbiter launch preparations

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