SPACE — On December 2, 1995, NASA launched the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, also known as SOHO.
SOHO’s main goal is to investigate the physics behind how the sun works.
These satellites also provide data that is useful for predicting space weather events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. This attack from the sun could cause problems for satellites and other infrastructure on Earth.
This sun monitoring satellite is a collaborative project between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) which has been operating for more than 20 years. SOHO is also a tool for finding comets, something it wasn’t even designed for.
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The satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on an Atlas 2 rocket and took about four months to reach its destination at the L1 Lagrange point. It is an area in space where the gravity of the sun and the earth balance each other. Source: Space.com
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