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Telescope Door on IRIS Opens

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NASA Launches Satellite to Study How Sun's Atmosphere is Energized

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched Thursday at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket.

"We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for science in Washington. "IRIS will help scientists understand the mysterious and energetic interface between the surface and corona of the sun."

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IRIS Opens Its Eye to the Sun

This animation show the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite in space, opening its telescope door and pointing itself at the sun, ready to begin its scientific mission.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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