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Fastest Spacecraft Ever Passes by Venus, Sends Back Amazing Postcard – autoevolution

In August 2018, a special mission to study the Sun took off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It is called Parker Solar Probe, and…



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Parker’s mission is to perform flybys of the Sun at a proximity never achieved before (as close as 3.8 million miles/6.1 million km), allowing scientists here on Earth to learn how to better predict space weather events. To achieve this proximity and speed, the probe will have to repeatedly circle the Sun, using planet Venus’ gravity as a rudder of sorts to change course.Over the 7-year duration of the mission, Parker will make seven Venus flybys, and 24 total passes by the Sun. At the end of last…

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