Welcome to the SPICE on Solar Orbiter website!

The SPectral Imaging of the Coronal Environment or SPICE instrument is an imaging spectrometer on board the Solar Orbiter mission.

It is a European-led instrument with different partners across Europe and the USA participating in the SPICE consortium.




Tracing structures in the heliosphere, the magnetic bubble in which the solar system exists, all the way to their solar origin is the number one objective of the Solar Orbiter mission. SPICE is essential for this objective. This remote-sensing instrument will investigate the extreme ultraviolet light from the Sun, deciphering the activity taking place in the different layers of our star's atmosphere.

In particular, it will provide a complete temperature coverage from the low chromosphere to the flaring corona as its passbands are dominated by emission lines from several different ionized atoms (e.g. H, C, O, N, Si, Fe, ...). It will also enable diagnostics of the solar atmosphere plasma composition, and will link the solar wind stream composition detected in-situ with other instruments aboard the spacecraft.


SPICE is now on social media! Twitter: @spice_on_SolO and Instagram: @solarorbiter_spice. Follow us!


  • 12/13 May 2021: SPICE operations consortium meeting (online).
  • 13/15 October 2020: SPICE operations consortium meeting (online).
  • 16 July 2020: The first images and spectra from SPICE have been released, along the first light data from the other instruments.
  • 8-9 June 2020: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SPICE consortium has met online.
  • 23 April 2020: SPICE has obtained its first light! Press release from RAL here.  
  • 20 March 2020: SPICE is currently undergoing commissioning. All of the individual subsystems tested so have passed with flying colours and earlier this week the team successfully opened the SPICE detector door!
  • 25 February 2020: SPICE successfully switched on! Press release from RAL here
  • 9-10 February 2020: Solar Orbiter was launch in the night of 9-10 February 2020, from Cape Canaveral, with SPICE onboard. 

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