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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
Solar Orbiter Instruments
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter ready for science despite COVID-19 setbacks

29/06/2020 3699 views 56 likes
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Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter makes first close approach to the Sun

15/06/2020 29355 views 196 likes
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Hubble observation of Comet ATLAS on 23 April 2020
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter to pass through the tails of Comet ATLAS

29/05/2020 10711 views 85 likes
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Science & Exploration

Where is Solar Orbiter? Track ESA’s Sun explorer

28/05/2020 3763 views 41 likes
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Perspective view of Korolev crater
Enabling & Support

Space missions return to science

02/04/2020 5620 views 70 likes
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The inner Solar System
Science & Exploration

ESA scales down science mission operations amid pandemic

24/03/2020 7053 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 7516 views 57 likes
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Solar Orbiter boom and antenna deployments
Enabling & Support

Solar Orbiter braves challenging early days

14/02/2020 7264 views 140 likes
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Science & Exploration

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

10/02/2020 8570 views 50 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Enabling & Support

Here comes the Sun!

07/02/2020 2916 views 27 likes
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Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation
Science & Exploration

Watch Solar Orbiter launch live

06/02/2020 14776 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 5606 views 60 likes
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Science & Exploration

Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun

31/01/2020 4431 views 8 likes
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Solar Orbiter facing the Sun close up
Enabling & Support

Warming up for the Sun

30/01/2020 3196 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 3522 views 45 likes
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Solar Orbiter imaging the Sun
Enabling & Support

Shielding Solar Orbiter from the Sun

28/01/2020 1695 views 36 likes
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Solar Orbiter
Science & Exploration

Orbiting the Sun together

23/12/2019 12651 views 111 likes
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Solar Orbiter launch campaign begins
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter launch campaign begins

21/11/2019 3920 views 37 likes
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Solar Orbiter at IABG
Science & Exploration

Solar Orbiter ready to depart Europe

18/10/2019 4003 views 81 likes
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Parker Solar Probe
Science & Exploration

Teamwork with Parker Solar Probe

07/10/2019 2629 views 16 likes
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Science & Exploration

Launching and operating Solar Orbiter

07/10/2019 951 views 9 likes
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Science & Exploration

Technical challenges of flying too close to the Sun

07/10/2019 463 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 2520 views 25 likes
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Agency

ESA BR-345 Solar Orbiter: Facing the Sun

01/10/2019 3134 views 19 likes
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