H-VANDENBERG AFB

Jun 5, 2013 12:05 AM by Ed Zuchelli, KSBY News

NASA prepares for Vandenberg launch

NASA is preparing to launch its latest sun-monitoring satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

On June 26th, it will be sent into orbit on a mission to improve space weather prediction.

The Iris satellite will observe a little-studied region of the sun that emits ultraviolet light.

"It's interesting in that it's going to team with several other several other solar observing satellites to keep tracking what's going on at the sun, monitor activity, sun spots, solar storms, solar flares, things like that," said Iris flight controller Robert Carvalho.

Scientists hope examining the sun's lower atmosphere would help them learn more about how this region drives solar wind and powers the corona.

Iris carries a UV telescope that can take high-resolution images every few seconds.

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