BOZEMAN - Solar physicists at Montana State University helped design four telescopes that are scheduled to be launched into space Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

MSU research professor Piet Martens and associate research professor David McKenzie plan on being in Florida for the launch, scheduled for between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Mountain.

McKenzie and Martens helped design the ultraviolet telescopes with partners at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. They've been working on the project for about six years.

The telescopes will spend about three years collecting ultraviolet images from the sun's atmosphere to help scientists understand the physics behind the activity on the sun's corona, which drives space weather.

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