Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

SDO-Logo.png MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Solar Dynamics Observatory
Mission type: Sun observations, solar weather
Launch date: February 2010
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, FL
Mission duration: 5-10 years
Status: Active
Overview: SDO's goal is to understand the Sun's influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously. SDO will investigate how the Sun's magnetic field is generated and structured, how this stored magnetic energy is converted and released into the heliosphere and geospace in the form of solar wind, energetic particles, and variations in the solar irradiance.

WEB RESOURCES
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NASA/JPL Links
SDO
SDO Gallery
SDO News

Sun-Earth Connection (SEC) Division

Living With a Star Program

Wikipedia Links
SDO
Heliophysics

NOAA Links
NOAA Space Environment Center (SEC)

NASA Missions

NASA Solar System

MULTIMEDIA
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304_licks.jpg Solar Flare of 06/16/2011
Active region in extreme ultraviolet light showcased several small spurts of plasma as they flickered out and retreated back into the Sun over about 13 hours (June 16, 2011). This wavelength captures ionized Helium at about 60,000 degrees not far above the Sun's surface.

304_crackling_Mar2011.jpg Solar Flare of 03/21/2011
Hot-bed of dynamic motion and loops.

MOVIES ___________________

Above: Coronal Mass Ejection of 06/07/2011

INTERACTIVES______________

SS-simulator.jpg Solar System Simulator - JPL

logo-eotss-main.png Eyes on the Universe - JPL

MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS

Documents and PowerPoints
SDO Fact Sheet.pdf
SDO guide.pdf

Related MGGP Links
Seeing the Sun
SOHO
STEREO

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