Solar Dynamics Observatory

Watching the Sun in multiple wavelengths

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is the first mission to be launched for NASA’s Living With a Star Program, a program designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun’s influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.

Mission Class:

Larger Missions

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LASP Roles:

Research, Instruments, Data, Mission Operations

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Mission Focus:

Solar Irradiance, Solar Physics, Space Weather

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Launch date: February 11, 2010
Prime mission: 5 years
Extended mission: 2030

Lead institute: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Partners: University of Southern California, Naval Research Laboratory, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Virginia Tech, NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center, Space Environment Technologies, CIRES/NOAA, Utah State University