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DSCOVR: The Deep Space Climate Observatory Mission in Photos

DISCOVR Solar Array Test

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Engineers conduct solar array tests on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite ahead of its Feb. 8, 2015 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Legs

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket equipped with landing legs is seen in this image from the private spaceflight company's website. SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform on Feb. 8, 2015 after launching the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a space weather satellite, for NASA and NOAA.

SpaceX Rocket Landing Test for Feb. 8, 2015

Elon Musk/SpaceX via Twitter

SpaceX will attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on it drone ship Just Read The Instructions on Feb. 8, 2015 as part of a reusable rocket technology test. The drone ship is named after the sentient colony ship in the science fiction novels by author Iain M. Banks.

5 Lagrange Points Diagram

NASA/WMAP Science Team

This diagram shows the 5 Lagrange Points associated with the sun-Earth system. In this image, NASA's WMAP orbits around L2. Image not to scale.

L1 Orbit Diagram

NOAA

This diagram shows where DSCOVR satellite will orbit in the sun-Earth system, at the L1 Lagrange Point.

DSCOVR Satellite Rendering

NOAA

An artist's rendering shows the DSCOVR satellite, scheduled to launch on Feb. 8, 2015.

Instruments of the DSCOVR Mission

NASA/DSCOVR

The DSCOVR mission carries three instruments to help measure the solar wind on (L to R), the Faraday cup to monitor the speed and direction of positively-charged solar wind particles, the electron spectrometer to monitor electrons, and a magnetometer to measure magnetic fields. Image released Feb. 6, 2015.

DSCOVR Prepared for Launch

NASA/Kim Shiflett

NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft (DSCOVR) approaches the completion of preparations for launch at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 18, 2015.

Light Test on DSCOVR Spaecraft

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

On Nov. 24, 2014, workers conduct a light test on the solar arrays on NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center.

DSCOVR Light Test

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

On Nov. 24, 2014, a light test was conducted on the solar arrays on NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center.

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