Soak Up the Sun

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Solar Dynamic Observatory.  Source:  NASA

Solar Dynamic Observatory. Source: NASA

NASA’s sun seeking Solar Dynamic Observatory is safely on its way to a geosynchronous orbit of about 22 thousand miles in altitude to do what Sheryl Crow would do – soak up the sun  – while it’s still free – before it goes out on me…well, I’m not going to quit my day job.

The goal for SDO is to take high resolution images of the sun and measure its magnetic field activity. The hope: it will make it one day possible to predict solar storms that can affect spacecraft, astronauts and can wreak havoc with our blackberries and cellphones here on Earth.

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