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ESA's next generation #Sun explorer, launched on 9/10 February 2020 to study #TheSunUpClose ☀️ #WeAreAllSolarOrbiters
Sep 30, 2020 6 tweets 8 min read
We are excited to announce our first data release! The first data are from in-situ instruments that measure #space conditions around the spacecraft

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#OpenESA #WeAreAllSolarOrbiters #SolarOrbiter For many space missions first data usually comes after 6 months-1 year, but #SolarOrbiter is different: the time between data being received on Earth & it being released is at most 90 days!
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Jul 16, 2020 14 tweets 15 min read
👋Welcome to the live press briefing with #SolarOrbiter experts presenting the exciting images from the mission captured around its 1st close pass of the #Sun

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😎Join the conversation via #TheSunUpClose 📷The brand new #SolarOrbiter images that we are going to see today are already the closest ever images of the Sun, captured only 77 million km from our star's surface 👍


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Jul 15, 2020 10 tweets 10 min read
Launched in February, #SolarOrbiter performed its first close approach to the #Sun in mid June, getting just 77 million km from its surface and capturing the closest ever images of our parent star 🌞🛰️📷

These brand new views will be released tomorrow. Stay tuned #TheSunUpClose Image An international collaboration between ESA and NASA, #SolarOrbiter lofted to space aboard the US Atlas V 411 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 05:03 CET on 10 February (23:03 EST on 9 February).

Relive the excitement of the launch:
May 29, 2020 7 tweets 7 min read
Bonus #science opportunity for #SolarOrbiter, which will cross through the tails of #Comet ATLAS in the next few days. The mission's 4 in-situ instruments will be switched on and collecting data during the encounter 👍 #weareallsolarorbiters

More details:… The commissioning of #SolarOrbiter has been proceeding over the past three months to ensure the spacecraft and instruments will be fully functional for the 1st close pass of the #Sun, to take place on 15 June, around 77 million km from our parent star.
Feb 10, 2020 32 tweets 32 min read
👋Greetings from ESA's Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany! We're getting ready for #SolarOrbiter launch: liftoff is scheduled in less than 30min from @NASAKennedy

Follow live coverage from ESOC & Cape Canaveral via #ESAWebTV

#WeAreAllSolarOrbiters @NASAKennedy The press centre here in Darmstadt is vibrant with #media!

Follow @ESASolarOrbiter & @esaoperations for a detailed countdown to liftoff of #SolarOrbiter and @esascience for exclusive content about the mission science #science from our experts

Oct 31, 2019 7 tweets 8 min read
Good morning! ☀️ Our #SolarOrbiter spacecraft is getting ready to leave #Europe on an Antonov cargo plane for its next stage of launch preparations at Cape Canaveral 👋 Here’s one of the last views before packing, taken earlier this month 👇 
More info👉… Image In the meantime, here’s a recap of the latest status and what’s in store for #SolarOrbiter’s mission to the #Sun