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Taiyo

Taiyo

Sandstone. Credit: Mineral Information Institute.


Taiyo was a Japanese satellite designed to study how solar ultraviolet and X-rays affect Earth's thermosphere. Taiyo ("Sun") was also known as Shinsei-3 and SRATS (Solar and Thermospheric Radiation Satellite).

 

launch date Feb 24, 1975
launch vehicle M-3C
launch site Kagoshima
orbit 255 × 3,135 km × 31°
mass 86 kg