[Science Research Satellites] [What is SOHO?] [Examples] [A Different Kind of Orbit]

Science Research Satellites

Many satellites in orbit conduct scientific experiments and observations. This is SOHO (SOlar and Heliospheric Observation). It's studying the Sun.


What is SOHO?

SOHO is an international project managed by Europe and the United States. Its very sophisticated instruments can measure activity inside the Sun, look at its atmosphere or corona, and study its surface.


To see some examples of SOHO's images, click on the pictures below.


A different kind of orbit


The SOHO satellite is different from the others in this exhibit. First, SOHO does not orbit Earth. In fact it orbits the Sun, about a million miles away from Earth. From there the Moon or Earth never blocks its clear view of the Sun.

The SOHO satellite is also the only one in this exhibit that is isn't looking at Earth.


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