Artist Concept of Solar-B
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Artist Concept of Solar-B

November 27, 2012
After its launch from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan, the Solar-B spacecraft will circle Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit for at least three years. This is a polar, rather than equatorial, orbit and will allow the instruments to remain in continuous sunlight for nine months of each year. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/C. Meaney

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