National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Marshall Space Flight Center

Hinode (Solar-B)

Hinode (Solar-B)

About the Mission

Hinode, Japanese for "Sunrise" and formerly Solar-B, is a solar satellite mission developed, launched, and operated by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) -- a division of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) -- in collaboration with space agency partners from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the United Kingdom, and the United States.

United Kingdom partners include the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) with additional funding and operational support provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC).

United States collaboration includes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL), the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (SAO/CFA), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). NASA helped in the development, funding, and assembly of the science instruments as part of the Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Program within the Heliophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center managed the development of instrument components provided by NASA.