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Solar Orbiter Venus flyby

Solar Orbiter Venus flyby


Date: 22 January 2020
Satellite: Solar Orbiter
Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Venus.

Solar Orbiter will make numerous gravity assist flybys of Venus (and one of Earth) over the course of its mission to adjust its orbit, bringing it closer to the Sun and also out of the plane of the Solar System to observe the Sun from progressively higher inclinations. This will result in the spacecraft being able to take the first ever images of the Sun's polar regions, crucial for understanding how the Sun 'works'.

Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform unprecedented close-up observations of the Sun and from high-latitudes, providing the first images of the uncharted polar regions of the Sun, and investigating the Sun-Earth connection.

Last Update: 24 January 2020
15-Jul-2020 07:51 UT

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