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Photos of the Day: The Hi-C Returns Triumphant

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:04pm
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The Hi-C instrument on the integration table at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The primary mirror is seen at the center of the image and is mounted into the rocket skins. The end of the Carbon Fiber Plastic telescope tube is seen sticking out of the far end of the rocket skins. (Image credit: NASA)

The High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of the million-degree solar corona using a resolution five times higher than previous imagers.

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The Hi-C payload and the subsystems rest on the desert after parachuting back to Earth. (Image credit: NASA/MSFC)
The recovering team poses for a quite photo with the payload before loading the instrument in a pair of U.S. Army Helicopters and returning to base. From left: Eduardo Legman (Wallops Flight Facility/NASA, Ken McCraken (Harvard-Smithsonian), Dr. Jonathan Cirtain (MSFC/NASA); Dyana Beabout (Image credit: NASA/MSFC)
The recovering team poses for a photo with the payload before loading the instrument in a pair of U.S. Army Helicopters and returning to base. From left: Eduardo Legman (Wallops FLight Facility/NASA, Ken McCraken (Harvard-Smithsonian), Dr. Jonathan Cirtain (MSFC/NASA); Dyana Beabout (Image credit: NASA/MSFC)
SUMI Sounding rocket payload being readied for loading in the helicopter. (Image credit: NASA/MSFC)
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