China has sent its first solar observation satellite into space.
The satellite, named after the sun goddess “Shihi” in ancient Chinese mythology, was launched by a Long March 2D rocket from the Taiyuen Satellite Center in Shansi Province, according to the China Global Television Network (CTGN).
Technically known as the “Chinese H-Alpha Solar Explorer” (CHASE) because it is tuned to observe rays in the dark red H-Alpha spectrum, the satellite is said to have settled in its planned position in Earth orbit after launch.
With China’s first solar telescope, the 550-pound satellite will move in orbit to stay in a fixed position facing the sun.
The satellite’s reconnaissance mission is expected to last 3 years.