Wed, February 09, 2011
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NASA unveils 1st ever 3D images of whole sun

2011-02-09 11:03:39 GMT2011-02-09 19:03:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Latest image of the far side of the Sun based on high resolution data taken by NASA's two STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) spacecraft on February 2, 2011 at 23:56 GMT when there was still a small gap between the STEREO Ahead and Behind data. This gap will start to close on February 6, 2011, when the spacecraft achieves 180 degree separation, and will completely close over the next several days. (Photo Source: chinanews.com)

This artist's illustration of shows NASA's twin STEREO observatories. For the first time, the space probes are sending back images of the entire sun's surface. (Photo Source: chinanews.com)

Images of the far side of the Sun were released based on high resolution data taken by NASA's two STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) spacecraft on February 2, 2011 at 23:56 GMT when there was still a small gap between the STEREO Ahead and Behind data.

This gap will start to close on February 6, 2011, when the spacecraft achieves 180 degree separation, and will completely close over the next several days.

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