Protective Doors of the Telescopes Onboard "Hinode (SOLAR-B)" Opened
1 Nov 2006
(Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
The sun-observing satellite "Hinode (SOLAR-B)," launched on Sep. 23, 2006, (JST) by the M-V Launch Vehicle No. 7 from the Uchinoura Space Center, has completed its major initial operations including orbit adjustment to a sun-synchronous orbit and performance verification of the attitude control function. The protective doors of all three onboard telescopes have now been opened. The satellite started observing the sun in order to verify the performance of the three telescopes. For about the next month, observation activities will progress until they reach the implementation of a scientific operation mode.