NASA launched the SDO satellite atop an Atlas V rocket, making it the 2nd launch from Cape Canaveral this week.
NASA – The Solar Dynamics Observatory was the first mission to be launched for NASA’s Living With a Star (LWS) Program, a program designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth.
SDO is designed to help scientists understand the Sun’s influence on Earth and Near-Earth space.
Scientists will measure the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
SDO’s goal is to understand, driving towards a predictive capability, the solar variations that influence life on Earth and humanity’s technological systems by determining how the Sun’s magnetic field is generated and structured and how this stored magnetic energy is converted and released into the heliosphere and geospace in the form of solar wind, energetic particles, and variations in the solar irradiance. Continue reading