Scientists believe that understanding solar storms will help them forecast weather in space and mitigate their negative effects on satellite operations, polar aviation, communication systems, power grids and astronauts in space.
The Stereo spacecraft made the trip aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Here, the rocket sits with its payload (the white nose of the ship) next to the launch gantry awaiting take-off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
October 25, 2006 10:15 PM PDT
Photo by: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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