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Astronomy: NASA to launch Sun-studying satellite (SDO)

Post by bystander » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:52 pm

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=9112

With its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA will probe the Sun in greater detail than ever before and, with luck, begin to answer some of its biggest mysteries.

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Re: Astronomy.com: NASA to launch Sun-studying satellite

Post by geckzilla » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:18 pm

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NASA’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory will take this many pictures of the Sun every minute, with each approaching the visual quality of an IMAX movie.
So where's the room going to be where I can just walk in, have a seat, and stare at the sun like in the movie Sunshine? 8-)
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Science@NASA: SDO: The 'Variable Sun' Mission

Post by bystander » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:18 pm

Solar Dynamics Observatory: The 'Variable Sun' Mission
Science@NASA - 2010 Feb 05

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), slated for liftoff on Feb. 9th, will make IMAX-quality movies of solar explosions, peer beneath the stellar surface to see the sun's inner dynamo, and--researchers hope--unravel the mysteries of solar variability.

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Re: Astronomy.com: NASA to launch Sun-studying satellite

Post by neufer » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:45 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_Opera wrote:
<<The San Diego Opera Association (SDO) is a professional opera company located in San Diego, California.
Notable performances include the West Coast premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges.>>
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SciAm: NASA Readies a Satellite to Probe the Sun

Post by bystander » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:35 pm

NASA Readies a Satellite to Probe the Sun--Inside and Out
Scientific American - 2010 Feb 09
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is what might be called a satellite for the information age. It is designed to provide scientists who study the sun with a torrent of data—the space agency says the observatory will return 150 million bits of data about Earth's host star per second, or about 1.5 terabytes per day.

The spacecraft, known as SDO, is scheduled to launch into orbit at 10:26 A.M. Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, weather permitting. Its data stream is so broad that the observatory will have a dedicated pair of 18-meter radio dishes near Las Cruces, N.M., at its disposal for downlink; the satellite's geosynchronous orbit will keep it within radio range of New Mexico at all times.

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Re: Astronomy.com: NASA to launch Sun-studying satellite

Post by bystander » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:44 pm

Launch scrubbed today because of high winds, rescheduled for tomorrow.

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