REPLAY: Atlas V launches Solar Orbiter spacecraft (2/9/2020)


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This is a replay of the live stream, with archived live chat messages.
Launch time: 11:03 pm EST (04:03 GMT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Destination: Inclined Heliocentric Orbit
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-087, will launch the Solar Orbiter spacecraft for NASA and the European Space Agency. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, Solar Orbiter, or SolO, will travel inside the orbit of Mercury to study how the sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the vast bubble of charged particles blown by the solar wind into the interstellar medium. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Feb 5, 7.

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