Hinode Mission

Hinode is a joint Japan/UK/US mission with ESA and Norwegian involvement. Using a combination of optical, EUV and X-ray instrumentation Hinode is studying the interaction between the Sun's magnetic field and its corona to increase our understanding of the causes of solar variability and the origins of solar activity. Hinode was launched successfully in September 2006.

Included in Hinode's instrumentation is a 0.5m optical telescope ( SOT ), an EUV imaging
spectrometer ( EIS ) and an X-ray/EUV telescope ( XRT ). The instruments will work together as an

The EUV imaging spectrometer (EIS) was built by a consortium led by Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL).

Below is an artist's impression of the Hinode spacecraft in orbit showing the location of all
three instruments.

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Last Revised: 07-Apr-2010

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