Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The First Maneuver of the First SDO Extended Mission

On October 1, 2015, SDO began the First SDO Extended Mission. The SDO Team submitted a proposal to NASA in March to continue observing the Sun for another two years. The proposal was approved and we began the extended mission on October 1.

With the extended mission comes calibration maneuvers. The first is an EVE cruciform today from 1800 UTC (2:00 p.m. ET) until 2230 UTC (6:30 p.m. ET). SDO science data will not available during the maneuver but the AIA images on the SDO website will look like the Sun is zooming around in space.

Congratulations to the SDO Team for the successful proposal and winning another two years of watching the Sun and solar activity!