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45th SW supports successful Solar Orbiter launch

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches on Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite which is intended to perform measurements of the inner heliosphere and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches on Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite which is intended to perform measurements of the inner heliosphere and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches on Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite which is intended to perform measurements of the inner heliosphere and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches on Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite which is intended to perform measurements of the inner heliosphere and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches on Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite which is intended to perform measurements of the inner heliosphere and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Conti)

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches on Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite which is intended to perform measurements of the inner heliosphere and perform close observations of the polar regions of the Sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Conti)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. --