A Brief History of Hinode: Toward the Success in Orbit

  • Toshifumi Shimizu
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 449)


The 7th M-V rocket carrying the solar-observing satellite Hinode was launched at Uchinoura Space Center at 6:36 JST on 23 September 2006. In the 10 years that have passed, Hinode has been active in the global front line of solar researches, although there have been some difficulties in the operation of the spacecraft. All the onboard telescopes have achieved a high standard of performance as expected, providing unique scientific data that had not previously been acquired by other facilities. Hinode is an orbiting solar observatory that carries out observations proposed by any researchers in the world, and the mission data is fully open to the rest of the world. We, the Hinode team, are proud of the scientific achievement by Hinode.


Sun Hinode Solar observatory Spacecraft operations History 



This article was written with partial support from JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP15H05814. Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, with NAOJ as domestic partner and NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. Scientific operation of the Hinode mission is conducted by the Hinode science team organized at ISAS/JAXA. This team mainly consists of scientists from institutes in the partner countries. Support for the postlaunch operation is provided by JAXA and NAOJ (Japan), STFC (UK), NASA, ESA, and NSC (Norway). Hinode’s success is based on participations, contributions, and support by various kinds of people (not only scientists but also engineers and administrative people) and organizations. It is impossible to acknowledge all the contributors by describing all the contributions and names in the limited space of this article, but I would like to use this opportunity to express our thanks to all the contributors. I appreciate your continuous support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Space and Astronautical ScienceJapan Aerospace Exploration AgencySagamihara, KanagawaJapan

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