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ESA Solar Orbiter launch

February 7 - February 8


On February 07th, Solar Orbiter will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The satellite will address big questions in Solar System science to help us understand how our star creates and controls the giant bubble of plasma that surrounds the whole Solar System and influences the planets within it. It is an ESA mission with strong NASA participation.

DIAS Director of Dunsink Observatory and Head of the Astronomy and Astrophysics section, Professor Peter Gallagher is a Co-investigator for the STIX instrument on the Orbiter. Dr Shane Maloney, DIAS Post-doctoral Research Fellow also worked on software for the Orbiter. Both Peter and Shane will be in Cape Canaveral for the launch.

Join us online when Dr Niamh Shaw will do a social media take over of DIAS’s Instagram account while she is in European Space Operations Centre to celebrate the launch and the DIAS and Ireland involvement in the development.

More information will be posted here shortly!


February 7
February 8
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