US space agency NASA has successfully launched a new mission called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) that will prove space weather updates to the scientists by monitoring the solar activity in deep space.
The space company launched Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
DSCOVR will send the space weather forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) more reliable information regarding measurements of solar wind conditions. The researchers believe the satellite will improve their ability to track the potentially harmful solar activity.
John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, said, “DSCOVR is the latest example of how NASA and NOAA work together to leverage the vantage point of space to both understand the science of space weather and provide direct practical benefits to us here on Earth.”
DSCOVR will become America’s first operational satellite in the deeper space as it is placed in its distant orbit, revolving between the Sun and our planet Earth at a location known as the first Lagrange point, or L1.
DSCOVR will be joining at this orbit American agency’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) research satellite, and also replace the 17-year-old satellite as the primary warning system for the United States for solar magnetic storms.
The research satellite will continue to give its crucial contribution towards space weather research.
The Electron Spectrometer, a NASA solar-science instrument, will measure electrons in the solar wind.
DSCOVR will also carry two Earth-observing instruments of NASA that will be collecting a range of measurements from the aerosols and ozone in the atmosphere.