China launches the Kuafu-1 on a mission to observe the Sun
In a mission that'll last four years, Kuafu-1 will observe the Sun 720 kilometers from above the Earth's surface.
China has launched its first solar observatory, called Kuafu-1, named after a Chinese mythology giant who sought to capture and tame the Sun, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The launch took place at 7:43 am local time on Sunday, blasting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China, using the Long March-2D carrier rocket, according to CASC, revealing that the Kuafu-1, or the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S), successfully went into orbit.
Kuafu-1 will observe the Sun 720 kilometers from above the Earth's surface, and will study how the Sun's magnetic field creates energetic emissions.
The mission will last four years.
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