Last update: December 9th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features an infrared view of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in February of 2020.
The Solar Orbiter was designed to observe the Sun and solar wind at a closer range than ever before possible, and is currently being tested at the IABG facility in Ottobrunn, Germany.
The spacecraft panel that will face the Sun is visible on the left of this image covered with a heat shield. In the upper part of the panel, sliding doors will open and allow sunlight to reach remote-sensing instruments during the mission.
Image Credit: European Space Agency