The last 10 days have been great days for SOHO [ http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/Recovery/ ], the space-based SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory. Contact was completely lost [ http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/whatsnew/PR-19980811.html ] with this international research spacecraft over 3 months ago but recovery teams [ http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/Recovery/recovery_team.html ] have reacquired control of SOHO and, beginning October 5th [ http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/~soc/recommiss.html ], have been successfully switching on [ http://lasco-www.nrl.navy.mil/recommiss/recom_sum.html ] its scientific instruments. This October 13th view of the Sun in the light of ionized Helium [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980516.html ] atoms was recorded by the restored EIT instrument [ http://umbra.nascom.nasa.gov/eit/eit_full_res.html ]. It shows bright active regions [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980616.html ] and lofty prominences [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980830.html ] above the solar limb. North is toward the left rather than the top as the spacecraft's orientation has not yet been fully adjusted. (For a full Sun / full resolution view, click on the picture!) With the solar cycle [ http://vestige.lmsal.com/TRACE/Public/magnetic.htm ] approaching a maximum in the coming years, excitement continues to build as it becomes very likely that SOHO will be able to resume [ ftp://pao.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/pao/releases/1998/H98-190.txt ] its unprecedented exploration of solar phenomena [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980820.html ].