NASA poised to launch solar watchdog
Posted: 02-10-2010

NASA poised to launch solar watchdog

23:15 09 February 2010 by Rachel Courtland

The sun will soon come under its closest scrutiny yet with NASA's $808 million Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is scheduled for launch at 1026 EST (1526 GMT) on Wednesday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The spacecraft boasts three separate instruments that will work in concert to study how solar activity gets its start. The results could help reveal more about the sun's wide variability, which can knock out space satellites and power grids and affect Earth's climate.
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