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Solar Orbiter blasts off to study the sun, pole to pole

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft was launched tonight to begin a seven-year, $1.5 billion mission aimed at studying the sun and its mysterious magnetic field from an unprecedented vantage point.

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By Alan Boyle

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