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SOLAR ORBITER- JOURNEY TO THE SUN

Space Curiouser

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European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with NASA today launched its most ambitious solar project in outer space known as ‘Solar Orbiter’ mission on Atlas V 411 launcher from Cape Canaveral, USA.  Its an ambitious project because it took nearly two decades in the making from planning to executing to history making successful launch towards sun. Launching any object towards sun for study and research on it is very challenging due to high temperature and to withstand it for a period of time. The purpose behind this launch is to study the Sun up close, its creation and how it works and sending pictures of the Sun’s undiscovered polar regions to the respective space agencies.

As per ESA’s official website, Solar Orbiter’s launch mass is around 1800 Kg and is equip with 6 solar panels and 10 science instruments will also investigate the…

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