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Released on February 10, 2020, referring to the apparent proximity of the probe, the unification season for the little brave spacecraft To SFlour by eyesarth. It was built like a cosmic water captain and tasked with observing the incredible detail The Solar Orbiter will study everything from our star’s solar wind to solar cycles. Now aAbout 25,000 Great Walls away from Earth, research be able to give feedback never before seen properties of the star.

“at 10 [February]we will be perilous; that is, the closest approach to the Sun of the current orbit is just under half Distance between Sun and Earth, Daniel Müller, a Solar Orbiter project scientist at ESA, in an e-mail. “This will allow us to observe the Sun at very high resolution.”

Solar Orbiter equipped with several different viewerswill look Sfrom a record intimacy. (Cameras are already paying dividends, lately catch three in a field of view of the planets of the solar system). There is countless instruments look at our Sanytimehowever, the Solar Orbiter’s unique instruments offer a completely new perspective.

The orbit vehicle is not based on any sudden danger from heat on the far side of the Water.n. Has a heat shield black calcium phosphate coatedThis helps the starwatcher to withstand temperatures of around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The greater concern is the capricious nature of S.un’s heliosphere can disrupt radio signals from Earth. research, slowing down cosmic correspondence and even silence totally communication.

Fortunately, NASA and ESA prepared for such challenges. Even in radio silence, the orbit vehicle will continue to remotely record its observations to download from the world when the connection is reestablished.

“Our basis is to be able to communicate with the Solar Orbiter at all times, except when the satellite is ‘behind the Sun’ as seen from Earth,” said Müller. “The angle between the Sun and the Earth since February 12, and the Solar Orbiter will be greater than 5 degrees and we will be able to start downloading data again at nominal telemetry speeds. “

There is still much to come for spacecraftVenus’ next flight (the second of the planned seven) was scheduled to take place in August, followed by its transition to Earth in late November. As always in space exploration, new horizons await us.