Image Caption: Artistic impression of the SORCE satellite. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia

SORCE Satellite Outlasts Mission Life And Keeps On Truckin’

January 24, 2013

Some missions in space complete their operations just after predicted, while others earn the Iron Man award for outlasting their primary mission. In the case of SORCE–a satellite designed to study solar storms–it’s earned itself an Iron Man.

Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), designed and built by the University of Colorado, is a NASA satellite that gives scientists a look at some of the most intense solar eruptions ever seen.

Friday will mark the 10th year that the satellite lifted off from this gravity-bound earth, and embarked on a space mission to help grab a better understanding of our star, the Sun.

SORCE has experienced both a solar minimum at the beginning of 2008, and is now witnessing a new solar maximum.

“We were there to see it transform from a fairly normal solar cycle to a very low-activity solar cycle,” Tom Woods, associate director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), said in a statement. “Of course we couldn’t predict or know that, but it’s very exciting.”

Read more: SORCE Satellite Keeps On Truckin' – Space News – redOrbit.

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