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Lift off! A mission aims to touch the sun – SHINE

China’s solar probe, Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory, is scheduled to be launched in the firs

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Chinas first solar probe, Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory, is scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2022, marking the countrys first-ever mission to touch the sun.
The satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit 720 kilometers above Earth to keep a close tab on the sun 24 hours a day. About 1,000 kilograms, the satellite is expected to orbit the sun for at least four years, according to the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a research institute…

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