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  1. ESA RELEASES FIRST IMAGES FROM SOLAR ORBITER

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    July 16, 2020

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first images from its Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which completed its commissioning phase in mid-June and made its first close approach to the Sun. Shortly thereafter, the European and U.S. science teams behind the mission’s ten instruments were able to test the entire instrument suite in concert for the first time.

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  6. 3 Solar Orbiter components delivered in the United Kingdom

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    August 22, 2017

    3 parts of the upcoming Solar Orbiter satellite were delivered in the United Kingdom, pending tests before it launches towards the Sun in 2019

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  9. Mission

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    November 21, 2017

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  10. Solar Probe Plus has a new name

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    July 7, 2017

    The new denomination is Parker Solar Probe

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  11. Solar Orbiter antennae undergoing testing

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    June 21, 2017

    ESA’s Solar Orbiter satellite is designed to study the Sun from only 42 million km away, or 60 solar radii, the closest observation ever achieved. CNES is supervising testing on 3 of its antennae.

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  12. Picard and PRISMA-FFIORD ready to go on 15 June

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    May 28, 2010

    The 2 missions are scheduled to launch from the Dombarovsky Cosmodrome near the small Russian town of Yasny, on the border with Kazakhstan. Picard is setting out to probe the Sun’s secrets while PRISMA-FFIORD will pave the way for spaceborne instruments of the future.

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  13. Sun

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    September 30, 2016

    The Sun is the star around which Earth and the other planets in the solar system revolve.

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  14. Satellites

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    January 19, 2017

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  15. Mission

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    January 19, 2017

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  16. Mission

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    November 22, 2017

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    October 9, 2014

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  19. Mission

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    December 11, 2017

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  20. Mission accomplished for CoRoT

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    June 24, 2013

    After a mission that lasted twice as long as planned, CNES’s CoRoT spacecraft—capable of listening to the music of the heavens and hunting for exoplanets—is to be retired from service. Its remarkable haul of results has enabled scientists to progress from detecting exoplanets to studying them in close detail, while opening a new window into the inner workings of stars.

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