Parker Solar Probe Successfully Performs Venus Flyby

Posted on 10/03/2018 11:17:21

On Oct. 3, Parker Solar 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.

Detailed data from the flyby will be assessed over the next few days. This data allows the flight operations team to prepare for the remaining six Venus gravity assists which will occur over the course of the seven-year mission.


Artist rendering of Parker Solar Probe’s first Venus flyby on October 3, 2018. The spacecraft flew approximately 1,500 miles above the surface of Venus to reduce speed and adjust its trajectory toward the Sun. NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

Artist rendering of Parker Solar Probe’s first Venus flyby on October 3, 2018. The spacecraft flew approximately 1,500 miles above the surface of Venus to reduce speed and adjust its trajectory toward the Sun. NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

Artist concept of Parker Solar Probe flying past Venus

Artist concept of Parker Solar Probe flying past Venus
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben
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