ESA extends solar observatory mission


  • Zielinski Sarah


The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on 24 May that it would extend the life of its Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) from April 2007 to December 2009.

Since it was launched in December 1995, SOHO has provided scientists with a view of the Sun's interior by recording seismic waves across the Sun's surface. “This mission extension will allow SOHO to cement its position as the most important spacecraft in the history of solar physics,” said SOHO project scientist Bernhard Fleck.