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Recovered SOHO Passes Health Check

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Science  16 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5388, pp. 393-395
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5388.393b

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Although it spent a couple of months out of contact with Earth, spinning out of control and exposed to extremes of temperature, the hugely successful Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) appears to have come through its ordeal unscathed. As Science went to press, seven of the 12 instruments on board had been switched on successfully and recommissioning is complete for four of them, reports the European Space Agency's Project Scientist for SOHO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.