Solar Dynamic Observatory Featured in Smithsonian magazine

The April 2011 issues of the Smithsonian features the article Something New Under the Sun. This article has information on a number of solar projects but most of it is on the Solar Dynamic Observatory which launched in February 2010 and is running 5 hardened Coldfires running RTEMS. I blogged on the project when it launched. Since going operational, SDO has beamed 18 megabytes of data per second continuously back to earth for scientists to analyse. This includes high-resolution photos and magnetic field maps.

Congratulations to those who worked on this project.

The article includes a photo gallery with a number of interesting pictures. I thought this one was spectacular.