From European Space Agency – United space in Europe: ESA Solar Orbiter- Photo Essay

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Solar Orbiter launch

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Solar Orbiter launch – fairing separation

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Solar Orbiter separation

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Solar Orbiter solar array deployment

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Solar Orbiter antenna deployment

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Solar Orbiter Earth flyby

See the full article here Launch .
See the full article here Fairing Separation .
See the full article here Separation .
See the full article here Array Deployment.
See the full article here Antenna Deployment.
See the full article here Earth Flyby.


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The European Space Agency (ESA), established in 1975, is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space, currently with 19 member states. Headquartered in Paris, ESA has a staff of more than 2,000. ESA’s space flight program includes human spaceflight, mainly through the participation in the International Space Station program, the launch and operations of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon, Earth observation, science, telecommunication as well as maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana, and designing launch vehicles. ESA science missions are based at ESTEC in Noordwijk, Netherlands, Earth Observation missions at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, ESA Mission Control (ESOC) is in Darmstadt, Germany, the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) that trains astronauts for future missions is situated in Cologne, Germany, and the European Space Astronomy Centre is located in Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.

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