Atlas 5 launches the Solar Dynamics Observatory
2/11/10 ~ 10:23am

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An Atlas 5 rocket, flying in the 401 configuration with no solid rocket boosters, launched NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory to monitor the sun in greater detail than ever before, as both supplement and successor to the famous SOHO spacecraft, still going strong after 15 years in orbit.

SDO being prepared for launch

Atlas on the pad

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