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NASA’s Hi-C Launches to Study Sun’s Corona

NASA’s Hi-C Launches to Study Sun’s Corona

NASA and its partners launched a rocket-borne camera to the edge of space at 2:54 p.m. EST May 29, 2018, on its third flight to study the Sun. The precision instrument, called the High Resolution Coronal Imager or Hi-C for short, flew aboard a Black Brant IX sounding rocket at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The Hi-C experiment is led by Marshall Space Flight Center in partnership with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory; and the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. Launch support is provided by NASA's Sounding Rocket Program at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, which is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA's Heliophysics Division manages the sounding-rocket program for the agency. IRIS is a NASA small explorer mission developed and operated by Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory with mission operations executed at NASA Ames Research center and major contributions to downlink communications funded by the European Space Agency and the Norwegian Space Centre.

More about Hi-C: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/HI-C.html

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Photo prise le 24 mai 2018 (© NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center / Flickr)

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