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Solar Orbiter satellite heads for the Sun in Florida

Completed tests it is ready for the mission that will last for almost eight years

Solar Orbiter, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) mission to study the Sun has completed all tests and is set to be flown to Cape Canaveral ready for its launch in February 2020.Built by Airbus in Stevenage, Solar Orbiter will study the Sun in detail and its effects on the solar system. The spacecraft carries a suite of complementary instruments that will measure the particles, fields and waves of t...

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