Sun satellite to be built in UK

  • 27 April 2012
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British scientists are to build a satellite that will get closer to the Sun than ever before.

The Solar Orbiter will be made to stand temperatures of 500 degrees Celsius.

By getting closer to the Sun than the planet Mercury is, scientists hope the craft will help us learn more about our star's flow of energy.

A heatshield will be used to reduce the temperature within the spacecraft so the electronics still work.

The imagers and telescopes onboard will look though slots which have shutters that can be closed when no observations are being made.

Our Sun is currently approaching the peak of its regular 11-year cycle of activity and scientists have recorded an increase in solar storms.