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Solar Orbiter data may reveal ‘whole extra set of wonders’


The first data from the Solar Orbiter may reveal “a whole extra set of wonders” that no-one is yet aware of, an expert has said. The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first round of information from the probe to the scientific community and the wider public. The instruments contributing to this data release come from the suite of in-situ instruments that measure the conditions surrounding the spacecraft. These instruments are the Energetic Particle Detector (EPD), the Radio and Plasma Waves (RPW) instrument, and the Magnetometer (MAG). Based on the successful approach taken by previous solar physics missions, it was decided that the time between the data being received on Earth and it being released to the world would be at most 90 days.

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