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IRIS Spotted Its Largest Solar Flare In January
2014-02-22 05:28:40

[ Watch the Video: IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The strongest solar flare since NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) launched in the summer of 2013 was observed on January 28 of this year. Solar flares are bursts of X-rays and light that stream out into space, disrupting long-range radio transmission on Earth and satellite functions in space. What sets them off, however, is still a mystery for scientists....

Sun More Violent Than Believed
2013-12-09 15:03:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's newest solar observatory is showing the region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere is more violent than previously thought. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched earlier this summer to study what is known as the interface region. For the past six months, IRIS has given scientists detailed images of this region, finding even more turbulence and complexity than expected. "The...

Sun's Chromosphere Studied By Sunrise Mission
2013-09-28 04:29:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In June 2013, the solar observatory Sunrise was carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon. Three months later, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have presented unique insights into a layer on the sun called the chromosphere. The images from Sunrise are the highest-resolution ultraviolet light images to date of this thin corrugated layer, which lies between the sun's visible surface and the...

2013-07-25 16:21:19

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun's hot corona is transported. IRIS was launched on June 27, 2013, and the front door of the IRIS telescope was opened on July 17. "The quality of images and spectra we are receiving from...

IRIS offers first images of sun atmosphere
2013-07-25 15:10:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with their first look at the Sun's atmosphere. On July 17, an international team of scientists and engineers working on IRIS saw their hard work pay off when the telescope provided its first glimpse, showing unprecedented detail of a little-observed region of the sun. "These beautiful images from IRIS are going to help us understand how the sun's lower...

2013-07-25 12:21:49

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft has captured its first observations of a region of the sun that is now possible to observe in detail: the lowest layers of the sun's atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The first images from IRIS show the solar interface region in unprecedented detail. They reveal dynamic magnetic structures and flows of material in the sun's...

2013-07-24 12:21:10

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 25, to present the first images from NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which was launched June 27 on a mission to study the sun. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) After its telescope door opened July 17, IRIS's imaging spectrograph began to observe the sun in exceptional detail. IRIS is targeting a region of the sun...

2013-06-28 00:20:21

WASHINGTON, June, 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched Thursday at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun," said John Grunsfeld,...

2013-06-28 00:20:12

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists will soon be able to observe the sun like never before, thanks to the successful launch of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft and science instrument, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] for NASA. The IRIS spacecraft was launched at 7:27 pm PDT. IRIS ground stations received telemetry and verified the health of the spacecraft at 8:25 pm PDT. The launch has long-term implications for...

NASA IRIS Launch Successful
2013-06-27 18:15:59

[ Watch the Video: IRIS Launch ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA successfully launched its new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket at approximately 7:27 pm (PST) tonight. IRIS and the Pegasus rocket were both flown aboard Orbital's Stargazer L-1011 commercial transport aircraft, which has been modified to serve as the launch platform. This launch design helps to keep the cost low for smaller missions,...