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New Mission Will Take First Peek at Sun’s Poles

A new spacecraft is journeying to the Sun to snap the first pictures of the Sun’s north and south poles. Solar Orbiter, a collaboration between ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA will have its first opportunity to launch from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 7, 2020, at 11:15 p.m. EST. Launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, the spacecraft will use Venus’ and Earth’s gravity to swing itself out of the ecliptic plane — the swath of space, roughly aligned with the Sun’s equator, where all planets orbit. From there, Solar Orbiter's bird’s eye view will give it the first-ever look at the Sun's poles.

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Daniel Mueller (ESA)
Holly Gilbert (NASA/GSFC)
Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla (Catholic University of America)
Chris St. Cyr (NASA/GSFC)

Joy Ng (USRA)

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Tom Bridgman (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Chris Smith (USRA)
Joy Ng (USRA)
Lisa Poje (USRA)
Krystofer Kim (USRA)
Brian Monroe (USRA)

Miles S. Hatfield (Telophase)

John Caldwell (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.)
Rob Andreoli (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.)

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