China has launched its first solar observatory with success.
On Sunday, China successfully launched the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S), its first complete space-based solar observatory.
The observatory has been dubbed Kuafu-1, after a Chinese mythological giant who aspired to catch and tame the Sun.
It was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on a Long March-2D carrier rocket.
The four-year mission will enable scientists to gather and analyse hitherto unheard-of photos of the Sun.
ASO-S is China's first full-scale apparatus dedicated to studying the Sun.
According to Zhu Cheng, chief engineer of the ASO-S platform system, it is also the world's first solar telescope in space that can monitor solar flares at the same time.
Kuafu-1 will monitor the Sun at an altitude of 720 kilometres (447 miles).