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How solar observatory will launch

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The US space agency Nasa will attempt to launch its latest solar probe on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory will acquire detailed images of our star to try to get a better understanding of why it behaves the way it does.

This animation, courtesy of Nasa, shows how the observatory will begin its mission.

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