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Solar Orbiter (2020)

Space mission Solar Orbiter is the first to be launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of its scientific program Cosmic Vision 2015-2025, to study the Sun and the solar wind. It will make observations in both the ecliptic plane and out of the plan. The probe will carry both remote sensing instrument to observe the Sun and in-situ instruments to explore solar wind properties. LPP contributes to some of the instruments that will be flown on this mission.

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft has been launched succesfully from Cape Canaveral during 9-10 February night.

Solar Orbiter will give answers to very important science questions :

  • What drives the solar wind and where does the coronal magnetic field originate from?
  • How do solar transients drive heliospheric variability?
  • How do solar eruptions produce energetic particle radiation that fills the heliosphere?
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Image : Artist view of Solar Orbiter Source : ESA


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