|Mission type||Aeronomy, Astrophysics|
TEKES (funding), CSA, CNES
|Dry mass||250 kilograms (550 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||20 February 2001, 08:48:27UTC|
|Launch site||Svobodny 5|
|Perigee||622 kilometres (386 mi)|
|Apogee||622 kilometres (386 mi)|
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 explores the ozone layer depletion and effects of global warming. One of the instruments on board is the OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System).
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. Odin was still operating and returning scientific data as of February 2015.
- Molecular Oxygen Detected For The First Time In The Interstellar Medium ScienceDaily, April 17, 2007
- Odin celebrates 14 years in orbit ESA
- Odin information at Swedish National Space Board
- Odin information at OHB Sweden
- ESA Third Party Missions Overview
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