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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
The inner Solar System
Science & Exploration

ESA scales down science mission operations amid pandemic

24/03/2020 6720 views 58 likes
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Magnetic field measurements during Solar Orbiter boom deployment
Science & Exploration

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

17/02/2020 7300 views 56 likes
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Solar Orbiter boom and antenna deployments
Enabling & Support

Solar Orbiter braves challenging early days

14/02/2020 7108 views 140 likes
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Science & Exploration

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

10/02/2020 8350 views 50 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Enabling & Support

Here comes the Sun!

07/02/2020 2774 views 27 likes
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Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation
Science & Exploration

Watch Solar Orbiter launch live

06/02/2020 14388 views 59 likes
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Solar Orbiter's orbit brings the Sun's poles into view
Enabling & Support

Flying solo

01/02/2020 5438 views 60 likes
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Science & Exploration

Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun

31/01/2020 4403 views 8 likes
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Solar Orbiter facing the Sun close up
Enabling & Support

Warming up for the Sun

30/01/2020 3129 views 50 likes
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Solar Orbiter thermal testing
Enabling & Support

Paint it black: Stone Age sunscreen for Solar Orbiter

28/01/2020 2323 views 44 likes
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Solar Orbiter imaging the Sun
Enabling & Support

Shielding Solar Orbiter from the Sun

28/01/2020 1603 views 35 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Science & Exploration

Orbiting the Sun together

23/12/2019 12469 views 110 likes
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Solar Orbiter launch campaign begins
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter launch campaign begins

21/11/2019 3893 views 37 likes
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Solar Orbiter at IABG
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter ready to depart Europe

18/10/2019 3971 views 81 likes
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Parker Solar Probe
Science & Exploration

Teamwork with Parker Solar Probe

07/10/2019 2491 views 15 likes
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Science & Exploration

Launching and operating Solar Orbiter

07/10/2019 902 views 9 likes
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Science & Exploration

Preparing for extreme environments

07/10/2019 401 views 5 likes
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Corona details
Science & Exploration

Exploring our Sun

07/10/2019 575 views 6 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Science & Exploration

Call for Media: Last chance to view Europe’s Solar Orbiter

03/10/2019 2465 views 25 likes
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Agency

ESA BR-345 Solar Orbiter: Facing the Sun

01/10/2019 2932 views 18 likes
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