Solar orbiter takes off to capture first look at Sun`s poles

The ESA  NASA Solar Orbiter mission will face the Sun from within the orbit of Mercury at its closest approach. Image credit ESA  ATG Medialab

"We're just embedded in the Sun's magnetic field", said NRL astrophysicist Robin Colaninno. Using gravity assists from Venus and Earth, Solar Orbiter will lift itself out of the ecliptic plane, ultimately reaching an angle of 24 degrees above the Sun's equator. "It's a fantastic moment ... it's like, well, we're unstoppable". Expected to enter orbit around the Sun within two years, the probe will take up a highly elliptical orbit that will enable it to study the Sun in ways that no spacecraft has before. The Parker Solar Probe has been diving into the Sun's atmosphere (the corona) for a closer look and feel, in an attempt to unlock the mysteries surrounding the behaviour of the solar wind and the extreme heat of the corona. Together with powerful ground observatories, the sun-staring space duo will be like an orchestra, according to Gunther Hasinger, the scientific director of the European Space Agency.

"The two together are really ideal", said Guenther Hasinger, ESA's director of science.

Solar Orbiter seeks to resolve the physics of the stream of charged particles from the Sun.

The tasks were divided among the two agencies as the European Space Agency took charge of creating the spacecraft along with its instruments and NASA funded the Atlas 5 rocket, which was used to launch it into space.

Almost 1,000 scientists and engineers from across Europe gathered with their USA colleagues as the rocket blasted off, illuminating the sky for miles as crowds jammed nearby roads and beaches. Crowds also jammed nearby roads and beaches.

The rocket was visible four full minutes after the launch, a brilliant star piercing the night sky.

World Health Organization gives new coronavirus a name
But it was not immediately clear how the new methodology changed the results, nor why the death toll suddenly leapt up so high. Earlier in the day, Hubei officials asserted that they had discovered a new way to diagnose the deadly strain.

NASA declared success one and a half hours later, once the Solar Orbiter's solar wings were unfurled.

In the meantime, the Earth-bound mission team is busy ensuring the probe's multiple scientific instruments are in working order. After it sways through those two bodies to gain momentum, it will end up in an orbit around the Sun with a close distance of only 26 million miles, still about 100 times farther than Earth's Moon, but so close that temperatures at its peak in the spacecraft they will reach nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Parker Solar Probe, on the other hand, has already passed within 18.6 million kilometers of the sun, a record of all time, and photographs for a narrow gap of six million kilometers in 2025. But it's flying nowhere near the poles.

Solar Orbiter was constructed in the United Kingdom by Airbus, lead by an global collaboration of scientist from ESA. The sun is just one of many inter-agency collaborations, including NASA and the European Space Agency.

The sun's poles are pockmarked with dark, constantly shifting coronal holes. It is hoped the unprecedented views of the polar regions will further our understanding of the solar dynamo, a physical process that gives rise to the Sun's magnetic field. "Hopefully, we'll get to see some interesting pictures". "That's where all the fast solar wind comes from".

Related News:

  • Netanyahu livid as Olmert meets Abbas, urges direct peace talks with PA

    Netanyahu livid as Olmert meets Abbas, urges direct peace talks with PA

    And though they disagree on how to handle the USA plan, he said Abbas is "a man of peace ". Security Council for a resolution opposing it.
    A septuagenarian spat fit for Twitter — Trump and Bloomberg

    A septuagenarian spat fit for Twitter — Trump and Bloomberg

    In a pre-Super Bowl interview this month, Trump said he thinks "of little" when he hears Bloomberg's name. Earlier in the week, Bloomberg secured the endorsement of a handful of black members of Congress.
    Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China

    Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China

    One third of Tianjin's 104 confirmed cases are in Baodi district, where the store is located, the Xinhua News Agency reported. No reasons were given, although the province's initial response was deemed slow and ineffective.
  • Hope Hicks expected to return to White House

    She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. The White House also blocked Hicks from turning over documents subpoenaed by the committee.
    U.S.  health official hopeful some evacuees may be released from quarantine today

    U.S. health official hopeful some evacuees may be released from quarantine today

    As a result, another 14,840 new cases were reported in the province on Thursday, up from 2,015 new cases nationwide a day earlier. More than 43,000 cases of the illness have been reported worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.
    When Will 'To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 3' Come Out?

    When Will 'To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 3' Come Out?

    In the film, Lara Jean never writes John Ambrose back, and instead, he shows up as a fellow volunteer at Belleview. Covey, Trezzo Mahoro as Lucas, Madeleine Arthur as Christine, Emilija Baranac as Gen and Kelcey Mawema as Emily.
  • Sen. McConnell urges Senate against passing War Powers Resolution

    Under the US Constitution, the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, but Congress has the power to declare war. If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day . "I've had a long-standing opposition to the War Powers Act.
    Harry and Meghan 'earned $1million' for speaking at exclusive event in Miami

    Harry and Meghan 'earned $1million' for speaking at exclusive event in Miami

    On the other hand, the prince has spoke about his mental health and dealing with grief in prior interviews. "But, good try. Meghan Markle has been getting multiple brand endorsement deals ever since she and Prince Harry has left the Royal Palace.
    NHS given new powers and funding to keep coronavirus patients in quarantine

    NHS given new powers and funding to keep coronavirus patients in quarantine

    An A&E worker is among the eight people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom , it has emerged. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said that from an economic perspective, the virus has overtaken SARS.
  • Coronavirus: Hunt for contacts of latest United Kingdom  case

    Coronavirus: Hunt for contacts of latest United Kingdom case

    Earlier this week, the British government declared that the coronavirus was a "serious and imminent" threat to public health. There's now no vaccine for coronavirus , but there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
    Missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik found dead: authorities

    Missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik found dead: authorities

    Before her body was discovered, Faye was last seen playing outside of her home on Londonderry Lane in Cayce around 3:45 p.m. Snellgrove also said a deceased man was found in the area, but Snellgrove declined to say the bodies were connected.

    US Senate advances resolution limiting Trump's ability to wage war

    Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani [.] If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day . At a news conference after the vote to proceed to debate, senators from both parties urged support for the measure.


Most liked

Russian Satellites Stalking US Satellite - Space Force Chief
President Donald Trump established the Space Force , an independent military branch under the Air Force, in December. The US satellite is operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), one of the major US intelligence agencies.

The World’s Largest Smartphone Conference Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Umm, nothing is stopping any of the companies that were planning to attend MWC from announcing whatever they planned to announce. Workers at the Mobile World Congress sit outside the venue in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

Coronavirus 'superspreader' Steve Walsh discharged from hospital
He was given two tests for the virus, now known officially as COVID-19, and both came back negative, Sky News reported . The Scouting Association confirmed to Yahoo UK Mr Walsh has not been to any scout meetings since his return to the UK.

China picks new provincial leaders in virus epicenter
He says, "We really can not say whether it will get better, whether it will get worse, what sort of situation is going to unfold". Singapore has 50 cases, including one found at its biggest bank, DBS, on Wednesday that caused an evacuation at the head office.

CDC confirms ME resident being tested for coronavirus
They were allowed to continue on to their final destinations and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. After showing symptoms, the patient was taken to a hospital and isolated before testing positive.

AG William Barr to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee... in Six Weeks
And I want to thank, if you look at what happened, I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this, this terrible thing. Trump said that it was unfair that prosecutors recommended such a high sentence for Roger Stone when Comey hadn't been jailed.

China sees rising recovery rate of COVID-19 patients
In Japan, 39 new cases were confirmed on a cruise ship under quarantine at Yokohama, bringing the total to 174 on the ship. Health officials reported 14,840 new cases-reversing several days of declines in official new diagnoses in the province.

Trump and Cuomo Prepare for Tense Meeting on Immigration
Cuomo appeared on CNN Thursday morning before his meeting with the president, calling the administration's latest move, "extortion".

Jeff Bezos buys David Geffen’s Beverly Hills estate for record $165M
Bezos has been searching for a home for the past year, according to Page Six . Do you open it up to guests year-round? Swipe ⏩ to view more of the house.

The Strokes unveil new music at Bernie Sanders rally
The Strokes announced several intimate European dates recently, and now it seems their new album is on the way. The Strokes performed " New York City Cops " with an officer on stage at a Bernie 2020 rally in Durham, N.H.

Pelosi: Justice Department's Roger Stone Intervention an 'Abuse of Power'
Fox News' Andrew Napolitano says President Donald Trump's former adviser, Roger Stone , is "absolutely entitled" to a new trial. He said Stone had been treated badly but declined to say whether he was considering pardoning him. "Recent actions by the U.S.

Google's chief of human resources will step aside amid growing worker activism
According to her statement, she has mentioned that she has made a decision to move to NY to be closer to her family. Naughton, whose official title is vice president of People Operations, will reportedly take another role at Google.

Two Russian Space Probes Stalk U.S. Spy Satellite
They operate in a polar orbit several hundred miles above the Earth's surface, allowing them to cover its entirety. Space enthusiast Michael Thompson raised concerns about Cosmos 2542's maneuvers on Twitter late last month.

B.C. holds at four cases of the virus
The latest confirmed case comes not long after five Britons tested positive for coronavirus in France. On Sunday, French health officials announced two new cases linked to the ski resort.

New 'reaper of death' Tyrannosaur species discovered in Canada
Dubbed Thanatotheristes degrootorum , the ancient creature is the oldest tyrannosaur known from Canada and northern North America. The researchers say the discovery is significant because it fills a gap in our understanding of tyrannosaur evolution.