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Voyages to the Sun (NASA- "Why We Explore")- December 2, 2005
Humanity's epic voyages to the Moon are well known, the stuff of history. But what about voyages to the Sun? Though they do not involve human spacecraft, those voyages are no less epic. And on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the launch of one of the most successful voyages — is the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, fondly known as SOHO — it is fitting that we recall those voyages to our life-giving star.

SOHO-- NASA press releaseIntrepid Solar Spacecraft Celebrates 10th Anniversary (NASA Feature)- November 29, 2005
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft celebrates its 10th anniversary December 2. The SOHO mission, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), has allowed scientists to make significant advances in understanding the closest star, our sun.

Sickening Solar Flares (NASA press release)- November 8, 2005
When the biggest solar proton storm in 15 years erupted in January, many were left wondering: what would have happened if astronauts were on the moon?

An Odd List of Body Parts (NASA press release)- October 26, 2005
Researchers are making a list: Which parts of an astronaut are most sensitive to solar flares?

NASA's Telescope for Students Reveals Record Solar Explosion Even More Powerful (NASA press release)- October 14, 2005Picture of Nov. 4, 2003 flare from SOHO spacecraft
Astronomers using an inexpensive NASA radio telescope kit for students discovered that the record solar flare on November 4, 2003 was even more powerful than originally estimated.

Who's Afraid of a Solar Flare? (NASA press release)- October 7, 2005
Solar activity can be surprisingly good for astronauts.

Spacecraft Pick up Earthly Aurora (NASA press release)- September 9, 2005
A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on Sept. 15, but it did not spark the strong display of auroras many people were hoping to see. In the CME's wake, however, a fast solar wind stream is blowing past Earth and buffeting our planet's magnetic field. This could cause mild geomagnetic storms.

Huge Solar Flares Continue (NASA press release)- September 7, 2005
Scientists are currently tracking a large sunspot that has so far unleashed seven major solar flares including an X-17-category blast on Sept. 7, an X-5 on Sept. 8, and an X-1 on Sept. 9. To say this is powerful is an understatement; Wednesday's X-17 flare was the fifth largest ever observed.

SOHO satellite image of the double CME on Aug. 22Double Solar Flare (NASA feature)- August 22, 2005
Yesterday, Aug. 22, a pair of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) blasted off the Sun and headed toward Earth. Geomagnetic storms and auroras are possible today, Aug. 23 and tomorrow, Aug. 24 in Alaska and Canada and possibly beyond.

Utah bathed in pretty pink Aurora (The Register Article)- August 22, 2005
Stargazers in Utah, Colorado, New York and other US states were treated to a rare display in the early hours of this morning, when the first of two large coronal mass ejections from the Sun collided with the Earth's atmosphere, creating stunning Auroras.

Scientists One Step Closer to Forecasting 'Clear Skies' for Astronauts (NASA feature)- August 16, 2005
Scientists funded by NASA's Living With a Star program have made a big stride forward in learning how to forecast "all clear" periods where severe space weather is unlikely.

CME- Live ScienceSun's Temper Blamed for Arctic Ozone Loss (Live Science Article)- March 1, 2005
A dramatic thinning of Earth's protective ozone layer above the Arctic last year was the result of intense upper-level winds and an extra dose of space weather, scientists said Tuesday.

Sickening Solar Flares - January 27, 2005
The biggest solar proton storm in 15 years erupted last week. NASA researchers discuss what it might have done to someone on the Moon.

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