Odin is a Swedish satellite working in two disciplines; astrophysics and aeronomy, and it was named after god Odin. Within the field of astrophysics, Odin is used in the study of star formation. When used for aeronomical observations, it is the ozone layer depletion and effects of global warming that are explored.
Odin was developed by the Space Systems Division of Swedish Space Corporation (now OHB Sweden) as part of an international project involving the space agencies of Finland (funded by TEKES), Canada (CSA) and France (CNES). Odin was launched on a START-1 rocket on February 20, 2001 from Svobodny, Russia.
In April 2007, astronomers announced that Odin had discovered the existence of interstellar clouds of molecular oxygen for the first time.
- Molecular Oxygen Detected For The First Time In The Interstellar Medium ScienceDaily, April 17, 2007
- Odin information at Swedish National Space Board
- Odin information at OHB Sweden
- ESA Third Party Missions Overview
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