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SCORE under the Sun

20 Oct 2009, 14:45 UTC
SCORE under the Sun

For the first time, a telescope has trained its eyes on the Sun and managed to photograph the helium emissions that burst from the corona of our star.

The credit for this achievement goes to SCORE, (Sounding-rocket Coronagraphic Experiment), the Italian instrument for studying the Sun's external atmosphere, which was successfully launched (after various postponements due to technical and meteorological problems) on board a NASA rocket from the White Sands Missile Range base in New Mexico on 14 September.

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