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Space Mission to Shine a Light on Solar Flares

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Science  15 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5793, pp. 1553
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5793.1553a

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TOKYO-- Solar-B, a Japanese spacecraft set for launch on 23 September, will improve scientists' understanding of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, which can disrupt radio signals, fry satellite electronics, and threaten the health of astronauts who find themselves outside our planet's sheltering ionosphere. (Read more.)