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ESA and NASA Release First Images From Solar Orbiter Mission

Scientists from ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA will present the first images captured by Solar Orbiter, the joint ESA/NASA mission to study the Sun, during an online news briefing at 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 16.

Launched on Feb. 9, 2020, Solar Orbiter turned on all 10 of its instruments together for the first time in mid-June as it made its first close pass of the Sun. The flyby captured the closest images ever taken of the Sun.

During the briefing, mission experts will discuss what these closeup images reveal about our star, including what we can learn from Solar Orbiter’s new measurements of particles and magnetic fields flowing from the Sun.

The briefing will stream live at:

Participants in the call include:

Daniel Müller – Solar Orbiter Project Scientist at ESA
Holly R. Gilbert – Solar Orbiter Project Scientist at NASA
José Luis Pellón Bailón – Solar Orbiter Deputy Spacecraft Operations Manager at ESA
David Berghmans – Principal investigator of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
Sami Solanki – Principal investigator of the Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and director of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Christopher J. Owen – Principal investigator of the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London

ESA’s first light images
ESA press release
NASA feature story


Miles S. Hatfield (Telophase): Lead Science Writer
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