Latest Solar Orbiter Stories
The European Space Agency has announced the successful on-Earth testing of its Solar Orbiter's protective heat shield.
Burnt-bone charcoal, a pigment once used as part of prehistoric cave paintings in southern France, will be applied to the ESA’s Solar Orbiter to help protect the vehicle from the Sun’s rays, the agency announced Wednesday.
The Sun and our neighboring planet Mars are two destinations that the UK and US will be exploring together in the coming years, following recent agreements for collaboration on three big space projects.
ESA has awarded the contract to build its next-generation Sun explorer to Astrium UK. Solar Orbiter will investigate how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the extended atmosphere of the Sun.
NASA will begin development and testing of two science instruments, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), to be placed on ESA's newly selected Solar Orbiter mission.
The powerful influence of the Sun and the nature of the mysterious 'dark energy' motivate ESA’s next two science missions.
Dark energy, habitable planets around other stars, and the mysterious nature of our own Sun, have been chosen by ESA as candidates for two medium-class missions to be launched no earlier than 2017.
On August 1, 2008 a total solar eclipse was visible within a narrow corridor that traversed from North America to China.
Upon receipt of the last command from Earth, the transmitter on Ulysses will switch off on 30 June, bringing one of the most successful and longest missions in spaceflight history to an end.
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