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Happy 5th Launchiversary SDO!

Five years ago today, at 10:23 a.m. EST on Feb, 11, 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sending the most advanced solar observatory satellite into orbit and giving us an amazing new look at our home star. Since then SDO has been monitoring the Sun on a constant minute-by-minute basis, sending back terabytes of data and capturing 200 million images over 1,826 days in space, 22,300 miles from Earth.

The video above is an homage to SDO from the team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Here’s to five amazing years and hopefully many more ahead! Learn more about SDO and get the most up-to-date images and information here.

Also, watch the 2010 launch of SDO below:

Video: NASA/GSFC

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on February 11, 2015, in sun and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Jason, could you email me as to how I can use this codec on my blog? rgcorros@gmail.com. Great stuff coming out of here. I love your posts.

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  2. Happy birthday dear SDO !!
    And a warm congratulations to all the team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for the realization of this small movie which is a great tribute in the fruitful work of the SDO.
    Really a big and beautiful movie with magnificent images.
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)

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