21 Sep 2009



The Transition Region and Coronal Explorer NASA pioneering solar high-resolution imaging mission (forerunner to SDO) developed by Lockheed Martin, Palo Alto, USA, using extreme-UV imaging systems in selected wavelengths to observe the solar corona.

Artist rendition of TRACE spacecraft over the earth

​​TRACE spacecraft ​


​RAL Space Involvement
Scientific input to the mission including operations planning in parallel with the The Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)​ mission activities

Solar Physics

Main Objectives
To study the connections between magnetic fields & the associated plasma structures on the Sun.

Launch Date
1 Apr 1998

Lockheed Palo Alto, USA.

Further Project Information

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For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries

Contact: RAL Space Enquiries