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NASA sends a Solar Orbiter probe to map poles of the sun

The US space agency NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are sent a new probe toward the Sun to map its poles. The aim is to help researchers grasp how the sun’s vast bubble of energy affects Earth and humans in space. Solar Orbiter: The Solar Orbiter was launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on February 9. The satellite deployed an array of solar panels and antennas before setting off on its 10-year voyage to the Sun. It has been designed to use the gravitational influence from Earth and Venus to whip itself as close as 26 million miles from the Sun or 95% of the distance between the sun and Earth. The probe will map the sun’s poles, which could allow scientists for the first time to observe the concentrated source of solar wind that permeates our solar system.

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