missions have greatly increased our knowledge,
but we can also study space remotely from
the ground. Radar, ground-based telescopes,
and balloons are a few of the many ways
scientists observe our space environment.
has two observing facility locations: Kitt
Peak, Arizona and Sacramento Peak, New
Mexico. Its mission is to advance knowledge
of the Sun, both as an astronomical object
and as the dominant external influence
on Earth, by providing forefront observational
opportunities to the research community.
The NSO mission includes the operation
of cutting edge facilities, the continued
development of advanced instrumentation
both in-house and through partnerships,
conducting solar research, and educational
and public outreach. NSO is funded by the
National Science Foundation and operated
and managed by the Association of Universities
for Research in Astronomy, Inc.