Here we provide you with exciting news and background information on upcoming space events and space happenings. Today we report on the flyby of the Solar Orbiter Venus on Tuesday, February 18th, 2025. You can read all the details about the Solar Orbiter Venus mission in this article.
Space events are usually processes that do not belong to the usual rocket launches. “Space events” not only report on engine tests or space walks, but also on landings of spacecraft, flybys and other maneuvers that take place outside the earth and are controlled by various space programs.
When and where is the flyby of the Solar Orbiter Venus?
Solar Orbiter, an ESA-NASA partnership, will conduct a gravity-assist maneuver with Venus on February 18, 2025. During its mission, it will also repeatedly fly Venus using gravity to approach the Sun and change its orbital inclination, lifting it out of the ecliptic plane for the best – and first – views of the Sun’s poles.
|Solar Orbiter Venus|
|original designation||Solar Orbiter Venus Flyby|
|rocket name||Atlas V 411|
What is the goal of the Solar Orbiter Mission?
Solar Orbiter is a joint ESA/NASA mission to study solar and heliosphere physics. It will study how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the giant bubble of charged particles blown into the interstellar medium by the solar wind. The spacecraft will combine in situ and remote sensing observations to provide new information about the solar wind, heliospheric magnetic field, energetic particles from the Sun, transient interplanetary disturbances and the Sun’s magnetic field.
Instruments include:* Solar Wind Analyzer (SWA)* Energetic Particle Detector (EPD)* Magnetometer (MAG)* Radio and Plasma Wave Analyzer (RPW)* Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI)* Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) * Spectral imaging of the coronal environment (SPICE)* Spectrometer telescope for imaging X-rays (STIX)* Coronagraph (Metis)
While not intended to fly as close to the Sun as the Parker Sun probe, the mission is designed to coordinate observations and has a different set of instruments. The main mission begins after a single Earth flyby in November 2021 and will last until December 2026 when it enters the extended phase. During the mission, Solar Orbiter will experience numerous gravitational assists from Venus and its trajectory will be steeply tilted, allowing for direct observations of the sun’s poles.
Where is the Solar Orbiter Mission taking place?
The mission takes place in heliocentric orbit. The heliocentric orbit is an orbit around the center of gravity of the solar system. It is usually inside or very close to the sun’s surface.
Last update for launch: 02/03/2022
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