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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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  2. EUROPE’S SOLAR ORBITER PROBE SET TO DEPART EARTH FOR SUN ON 10 FEBRUARY

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    February 3, 2020

    During the night of 9 to 10 February, the Solar Orbiter probe will depart Kennedy Space Center, Florida, atop an Atlas V 411 launcher and begin its journey towards the Sun.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Mission

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    December 11, 2017

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