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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Intrepid Solar Spacecraft Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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SOHO data are freely available over the Internet, and people all over theworld have used images from the observatory to discover more than 1,000comets.

"I tip my hat to SOHO's engineering and operations teams, whose skills anddedication have overcome multiple technical challenges over the last decade,such as the loss of control of the spacecraft in 1998, the loss of the gyroswhen we recovered the spacecraft a few months later, and a sticky high gainantenna in 2003," said Dr. Bernhard Fleck , ESA Project Scientist for SOHO.

The observatory was originally designed for a two-year mission, but itsscientific insights have proven so valuable that NASA has consistently grantedit extensions, the latest of which allows the spacecraft to cover a complete11-year solar cycle.

For more information about SOHO on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/soho2005.html For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

Video in support of this release will be available on Dec. 2 and 5 on NASATV. NASA TV's Video-File news feed is broadcast on the agency's Media Channel(Program 103) at 12 p.m. (Eastern), with replays at 3, 6, and 10 p.m. and 12,6, and 10 a.m. The NASA TV Media Channel is available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude,transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, it'savailable on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant IntegratedReceiver Decoder is required for reception. For digital downlink informationfor NASA TV's Media Channel (Program 103) on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

SOURCE NASA


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