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Fraser
2006-May-25, 04:34 AM
SUMMARY: NASA and ESA's long-running Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has been given another mission extension, this time until December 2009. The spacecraft was launched on December 2, 1995, and it has been steadily observing the Sun ever since. Over the next two years, five additional spacecraft will join SOHO to observe the Sun. ESA is involved in two of these spacecraft: Solar B, and Proba-2. NASA will launch the STEREO pair of spacecraft, as well as the Solar Dynamics Orbiter in 2008.

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Duane
2006-May-25, 02:38 PM
Considering how close it was to being lost, the continued operation of this spacecraft is nothing short of amazing.

Melusine
2006-May-25, 03:07 PM
Far out! Go SOHO! :razz:


This mission extension will allow SOHO to cement its position as the most important spacecraft in the history of solar physics," says Bernhard Fleck, SOHO’s project scientist, "There is a lot of valuable work for this spacecraft still to do."

antoniseb
2006-May-27, 06:12 PM
I've been very interested in the Mars Rovers and Cassini, which are constantly sending back very cool images of alien locations, and the GRB reports from Swift, but I don't think that there is anything currently out there that has given us as much detailed science as SOHO. Go SOHO!