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Last glimpse of Solar Orbiter before launch

Last glimpse of Solar Orbiter before launch

Date: 21 January 2020
Satellite: Solar Orbiter
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility, Florida, USA
Copyright: ESA–S. Corvaja

A last look at ESA's cutting-edge Sun-observer Solar Orbiter before its encapsulation into the Atlas V 411 rocket fairing at the Astrotech facilities near Kennedy Space Center in Florida during launch preparations on 21 January 2020. The spacecraft is painted with SolarBlack, a perfectly black coating made of charred bone, which will help protect the spacecraft against overheating in the harsh conditions close to the Sun.

Last Update: 7 February 2020
30-Jan-2023 10:58 UT

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