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Some missions in space complete their operations just after predicted, while others earn the Iron Man award for outlasting their primary mission. In the case of SORCE--a satellite designed to study solar storms--it's earned itself an Iron Man.
One hundred and fifty two years ago, a man in England named Richard Carrington discovered solar flares.
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A $32 million University of Colorado at Boulder instrument package set for launch Feb. 9 by NASA should help scientists better understand the violent effects of the sun on near-Earth space weather that can affect satellites, power grids, ground communications systems and even astronauts and aircraft crews.
Every 11 years, the sun undergoes a furious upheaval, a flamboyant display of stellar power.
A NASA satellite designed, built and controlled by the University of Colorado at Boulder is expected to help scientists resolve wide-ranging predictions about the coming solar cycle peak in 2012 and its influence on Earth's warming climate, according to the chief scientist on the project.
- Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.