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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
FOR RELEASE: 02/09/2010
PHOTO NO: KSC-2010-1709
Open Image KSC-2010-1709

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No copyright protection is asserted for this photograph. If a recognizable person appears in this photograph, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA employees of a commercial product, process or service, or used in any other manner that might mislead. Accordingly, it is requested that if this photograph is used in advertising and other commercial promotion, layout and copy be submitted to NASA prior to release.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, preparations are under way to begin the countdown to launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which will deploy NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The observatory, known as SDO, is the first mission in NASA's Living With a Star Program and is designed to study the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. The spacecraft's long-term measurements will give solar scientists in-depth information to help characterize the interior of the Sun, the Sun's magnetic field, the hot plasma of the solar corona, and the density of radiation that creates the ionosphere of the planets. The information will be used to create better forecasts of space weather needed to protect the aircraft, satellites and astronauts living and working in space. Liftoff is set for 10:26 a.m. EST Feb. 10. For information on SDO, visit http://www.nasa.gov/sdo. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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