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NASA Parker Solar Probe Mission

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    16th Oct, 2018
  • NASA’s historic mission, Parker Solar Probe, to solve the mysteries of the Sun has successfully completed its flyby of Venus recently.
  • The probe successfully completed its flyby of Venus at a distance of about 1,500 miles during the first Venus gravity assist of the mission.These gravity assists will help the spacecraft tighten its orbit closer and closer to the Sun over the course of the mission.
  • Throughout its mission, the probe will make six more Venus gravity assist and 24 total passes by the Sun. This manoeuvre will change Parker Solar Probe’s trajectory to take the spacecraft closer to the Sun.

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  • NASA’s historic mission, Parker Solar Probe, to solve the mysteries of the Sun has successfully completed its flyby of Venus recently.
  • The probe successfully completed its flyby of Venus at a distance of about 1,500 miles during the first Venus gravity assist of the mission.These gravity assists will help the spacecraft tighten its orbit closer and closer to the Sun over the course of the mission.
  • Throughout its mission, the probe will make six more Venus gravity assist and 24 total passes by the Sun. This manoeuvre will change Parker Solar Probe’s trajectory to take the spacecraft closer to the Sun.
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