A spacecraft launching Sunday will take the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles

On Sunday night, a $1.5 billion spacecraft is scheduled take off from the Space Coast on a years-long journey that, if successful, will take the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles.

It’s data that scientists have been yearning to obtain for years, and it may answer crucial questions about the nature of our Sun and, chiefly, the charged solar particles it spews and their impact across the solar system. The mission will send the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter on a seven-year journey and help heliophysicists gain a better understanding of the dark spots believed to be on the Sun’s poles. The mission will work in conjunction with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which also launched from the Space Coast in August 2018. Read more here.