Monday, February 8, 2010

Solar Dynamics Observatory Set intended for Launch

The Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is set to commence on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 10:26 a.m. EST as of Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Launch willingness Review was conducted Monday morning and the "go" was given to proceed, with no technical issues reported.

Weather for launch day stands at 60 percent "no go" at liftoff time due to storm, cloud width and a slight chance of showers. Launch-time temperature ought to be a chilly 51 degrees.

A prelaunch news meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by the mission science briefing. Both will be conceded live on NASA TV. Live reporting of the launch will begin at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday on NASA TV and the launch blog.

SDO's unparalleled mission will study the sun and its dynamic performance. On-board telescopes will inspect sunspots and solar flares with more pixels and colors than any other observatory in the history of solar physics. And SDO will expose the sun’s hidden secrets in an abnormal rush of pictures.

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