Not too long ago, it’s been revealed that there’s a Solar Orbiter that has been sent in order to give a first view of the Sun to people, and now it’s sent back the very first measurements.
The spacecraft will fly up to the poles of the Sun
The spacecraft left for a journey to the Sun about a week ago, and it will fly up to the poles of the sun in order to see a region which is unknown to scientists.
One of the instruments that will allow them to do this is called the magnetometer, and it’s carried on board of the spaceship. It now sent data back to Earth, as revealed by the UK Space Agency.
“We measure magnetic fields thousands of times smaller than those we are familiar with on Earth,” said Imperial College’s Tim Horbury, principal investigator for the magnetometer instrument.
“Even currents in electrical wires make magnetic fields far larger than what we need to measure,” Horbury said and continued: “That’s why our sensors are on a boom, to keep them away from all the electrical activity inside the spacecraft.”
The orbiter took off in the Atlas V411 rocket from Nasa’s Cape Canaveral site in Florida.
The satellite will orbit the Sun
The satellite will be orbiting the Sun and beaking back hi-res pics and measuring the solar wind as a part of the mission that’s led by the ESA and also partly funded by the EK Space Agency.
It’s also worth noting that the instrument recorded data before during and after the boom has been deployed, and experts can better understand the influence of the spacecraft on measurements in the space environment.
The instruments will have to be calibrated, and the scientific data will be collected starting in May.
It’s also important to note that the Solar Orbiter will need about two years to reach the Sun.