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NASA has decided to extend science operations of its IRIS space observatory dedicated to studying the Sun's lower atmosphere. The $19.4 million extension contract awarded by the agency secures the manufacturer’s support for the mission through September 2018 and provides additional cooperation with ground observatories worldwide.
On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013. Solar flares are bursts of x-rays and light that stream out into space, but scientists don’t yet know the fine details of what sets them off.