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Parker Solar Probe has a Venus flyby today

16 Oct 2021, 09:39 UTC
Parker Solar Probe has a Venus flyby today
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This was Parker Solar Probe’s location on September 30, 2021, when the craft performed a short maneuver to set it on course for the October 16 Venus flyby. The green lines denote the spacecraft’s path since launch on Aug. 12, 2018; the red loops indicate the probe’s future, progressively closer orbits toward the Sun.Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Yanping Guo.
Parker Solar Probe will perform its next Venus flyby on October 16, 2021. The spacecraft performed a short preparatory maneuver on September 29. The maneuver changed the craft’s speed by 9.7 centimeters per second, or less than a third of a mile per hour. That slight was critical for placing the craft on course for Saturday’s Venus gravity assist, when it will use the planet’s gravity to swing toward its 10th close approach to the sun.
The September 29 maneuver was monitored from the mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. APL also designed and built Parker Solar Probe and said is:
… healthy and its systems are operating normally. The spacecraft completed its 9th solar encounter on August 15, 2021, at closest approach coming within 6.5 million miles (10.4 million km) of the sun’s ...

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