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Solar Orbiter makes its first flyby of Venus

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ESA-NASA Solar Orbiter probe is pretty busy on his way to the sun. Space.com Notes the spaceship has finished his first flight over Venus, gathering information about the hell planet as it moved around 7:39 a.m. EST. There will be no photos when the telescopes focus on the main mission, but the Solar Orbiter has collected magnetometer, particle, plasma, and radio data that could provide insight into how Venus interacts with them. solar winds.

Scientists expect to take a few days before they can analyze the results and see if there are any findings. Don’t expect big surprises – this is not a Ship facing Venus, and the distance of 4,700 miles limited what Solar Orbiter could study.



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