A European mission has blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and rings in a cost of €1.5bn. The Solar Orbiter is designed to study the storms produced by the sun that can knock out communications on Earth and interfere with satellites. Scientists believe they can use the knowledge picked up from the spacecraft to predict when the next big storms will occur. The SolO will make trips to get within 26 million miles of the surface of the sun and will work behind a titanium shield. Picture and videos will be taken through small peepholes that will open and close in order to prevent the machinery from melting.