Atlas V to Lift Off Solar Orbiter

The Mission

Studying the Sun up close. Capturing high-resolution images of our Sun’s poles for the very first time, and provide an understanding the Sun-Earth connection

Illustration of Solar Orbiter and Sun | image credit: ESA

Solar Orbiter will address big questions in Solar System science. This will help us understand how our star creates and controls the giant bubble of plasma that surrounds the whole Solar System, and influences the planets within it. It is an ESA mission with strong NASA participation

The Launch

The scheduled spaceflight a ULA Atlas V 411 will lift off from SLC-41 with a Solar Orbiter payload to conduct a 10 year mission studying the Sun and it’s poles. Like any launch this is one NOT to miss! February 9, 2020 at 11:03p.m. ET

Atlas V 411 with Solar Orbiter Payload stands tall on SLC-41 on Cape Canaveral AFS | photo: ULA

This will be the 137th mission for United Launch Alliance. It is the 82nd for an Atlas V rocket and the 6th in the 411 configuration.

Good Luck and all the best to ULA, NASA and ESA.

Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.