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2015 September 22

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Happy 9th Anniversary Hinode

Hinode (Solar-B) was launched 23 September 2006 at 6:36 AM from Kagoshima, Japan. Hinode rode an M-V rocket and after the 3 minute journey to space, it was maneuvered into a polar, Sun-synchronous orbit 600 kilometers above the earth's surface.

Hinode is an international collaboration between Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, with NAOJ as domestic partner and NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. It is operated by these agencies in co-operation with ESA and the NSC (Norway). Hinode's instruments are the X-Ray Telescope (XRT), the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) and the Extreme Ultra-Violet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS). The three instruments work together to study solar structures and processes on very small scales and across a broad range of wavelengths.

Each instrument maintains a webpage along with cool movies and solar images. Below are several links to these sites. As you explore Hinode, you'll also explore how amazing the closest star is.

Hinode (NASA) Hinode (NASA/Marshall) Hinode (NAOJ) Hinode (JAXA/ISAS)
Hinode (ESA) EIS (MSSL) EIS (RAL) EIS Science Nuggets

Keywords: Hinode Pointing, Solar Cycle
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(Prepared by Patricia Jibben)

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