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
Magnetic field measurements during Solar Orbiter boom deployment
Science & Exploration

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

17/02/2020 3019 views 41 likes
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Solar Orbiter boom and antenna deployments
Enabling & Support

Solar Orbiter braves challenging early days

14/02/2020 3252 views 84 likes
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Science & Exploration

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

10/02/2020 7281 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's orbit brings the Sun's poles into view
Enabling & Support

Flying solo

01/02/2020 4917 views 58 likes
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Science & Exploration

Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun

31/01/2020 4260 views 8 likes
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Solar Orbiter facing the Sun close up
Enabling & Support

Warming up for the Sun

30/01/2020 2891 views 47 likes
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Solar Orbiter thermal testing
Enabling & Support

Paint it black: Stone Age sunscreen for Solar Orbiter

28/01/2020 1939 views 41 likes
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Solar Orbiter imaging the Sun
Enabling & Support

Shielding Solar Orbiter from the Sun

28/01/2020 1398 views 29 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Science & Exploration

Orbiting the Sun together

23/12/2019 11791 views 107 likes
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Solar Orbiter launch campaign begins
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter launch campaign begins

21/11/2019 3721 views 35 likes
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Solar Orbiter at IABG
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter ready to depart Europe

18/10/2019 3895 views 81 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter factsheet

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Parker Solar Probe
Science & Exploration

Teamwork with Parker Solar Probe

07/10/2019 2080 views 15 likes
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Science & Exploration

Launching and operating Solar Orbiter

07/10/2019 746 views 8 likes
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Science & Exploration

Preparing for extreme environments

07/10/2019 354 views 5 likes
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Corona details
Science & Exploration

Exploring our Sun

07/10/2019 489 views 4 likes
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Solar mass ejection reaches Earth
Science & Exploration

Living with a star

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Solar Orbiter
Science & Exploration

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

03/10/2019 2405 views 25 likes
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Agency

ESA BR-345 Solar Orbiter: Facing the Sun

01/10/2019 2260 views 15 likes
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