Venus Flyby #1 – Complete

The Parker Solar Probe flew past Venus at a distance of just 2414 km / 1500 miles. The 03 October encounter was of course by design and was the first of seven flybys of Venus and will use gravity assists to tighten up the orbit around the Sun as the illustration shows (credit: NASA).

Mission managers will use the flight data to plan the next six flybys which will occur over the course of the seven-year mission.

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