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  • Released Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 11183

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A 10-minute rocket ride brought back the most detailed pictures of the sun ever taken.

Hi-C could only observe a small part of the sun at once, but captured images five times more detailed than those from SDO.

Weighing 464 pounds, the six-foot-long Hi-C telescope took 165 images during its brief, 620-second flight.

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Scientists have worked for the better part of a decade to design, build and test the Hi-C optics (shown above).

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Launched from New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range, the Hi-C payload and subsystems rest on the desert floor after parachuting back to Earth.

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Members of the Hi-C team pose with the payload in the desert.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Payload images courtesy of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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