National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
Solar Dynamics Observatory
Solar Dynamics Observatory (click to enlarge)

Solar Dynamics Observatory

The Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, shown above the Earth as it faces toward the Sun.

SDO is designed to study the influence of the Sun on the Earth and the inner solar system by studying the solar atmosphere simultaneously in several wavelengths. The orbiting observatory will determine if it is possible to make reliable space weather forecasts. Solar storms can disrupt satellites, power grids and radio communication and harm astronauts in space.

Credit: NASA

Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writer: Autumn Burdick
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 20 Jan 2011