Solar Orbiter - a closer view of our sun

<p>The sun is vital for life on Earth, but can also be dangerous, especially for satellites and Earth based systems. The sun releases bursts of high-energy particles which can disrupt electrical power distribution systems, cause computers to crash, damage satellites and endanger astronauts. Solar Orbiter will provide scientific data to better understand the sun's mechanisms that give rise to these violent and disruptive outbursts.</p>

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