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Satellite details
Acronym SOHO
Full name Solar and Heliospheric Observatory
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the SOHO programme.
  • Main missions: solar physics and space weather.
Mass at launch 1850 kg Dry mass
Power 950 W
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Data access information
  • Data available from NASA/GSFC and ESA/ESAC.
Orbit Lagrange libration point 1 Altitude 1.5e+06 km


Space agency ESANASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
  • SOHO went out of control on 25 June 1998, and was recovered on 1 February 1999.
Launch 02 Dec 1995 EOL ≥2025
Last update: 2023-11-06
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on SOHO

Acronym Full name
SUMER Solar UV Measurement of Emitted Radiation
CDS Coronal Diagnostic Spectrometer
EIT Extreme UV Imaging Telescope
UVCS UV Coronagraph and Spectrometer
LASCO Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph
SWAN Solar Wind Anisotropies
CELIAS Charge, Element, Isotope Analysis
COSTEP Suprathermal & Energetic Particle Analyzer
ERNE Energetic and Relativistic Nuclei and Electron experiment
GOLF Global Oscillations at Low Frequencies
VIRGO Variability of Solar Irradiance
MDI Michelson Doppler Imager
SEM Solar EUV monitor
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