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Mission

Kind: Heliophysics

State: Successful

Place: Sun

Operator: ISAS / NASA / PPARC

Date

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Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson

Rocket

Rocket: Mu-3S-II

Kind: ISAS / NASA / PPARC

Mass: 390 kilograms (860 lb)

Launch Site: Kagoshima M1

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

Reference System: Geocentric

Lander

"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Yohkoh (ようこう, Sunbeam in Japanese), known before launch as Solar-A, was a Solar observatory spacecraft of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan), in collaboration with space agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom. It was launched into Earth orbit on August 30, 1991 by the M-3SII rocket from Kagoshima Space Center. It took its first soft X-ray image on September 13, 1991 21:53:40, and movie representations of the X-ray corona over 1991-2001 are available at the Yohkoh Legacy site.

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