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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.
Keywords: Hinode Pointing, Solar Cycle