New Satellite...

From: Derek C Breit (
Date: Fri Feb 05 2010 - 21:37:47 UTC

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    On February 9th at no earlier than 10:30am EST, the Solar Dynamics
    Observatory (SDO) will be launching aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
    rocket. The goal of this mission is to give astronomers a closer look at the
    sun and help us understand the source of the sun's energy so spaceweather
    can better be predicted. SDO is different compared to other satellites in
    that it will be collecting enough data to fill a single CD every thirty-six
    SECONDS! Not only that, but SDO has no data recording system here on Earth
    where its data will be stored, so it essentially has to build its own. In
    order for this to happen, SDO will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit and
    will remain constantly in orbit above its ground communication station in
    New Mexico. 
    PS.. I will want to see this one.. :-))
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