ESA unveils the first Solar Orbiter images

The first images taken by Solar Orbiter, ESA’s new solar exploration probe, have just been unveiled by the European Space Agency. Solar Orbiter completed its “flight test” phase in mid-June and made its first close passage over the Sun. The European and American scientific teams behind the mission’s ten instruments were soon able to test the full suite of instruments in unison for the first time.

First views of the Sun obtained with Solar Orbiter’s EUI on May 30, 2020, revealing the ubiquitous miniature eruptions called “campfires”.

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