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Heliospheric Future: Parker Solar Probe (formerly Solar Probe Plus) & Solar Orbiter
Parker Solar Probe will move in a highly-elliptical orbit, using gravity-assists from Venus to move it closer to the Sun with each pass. The goal is to get the spacecraft to fly through the corona at a distance of 9.5 solar radii.
Solar Orbiter will use Earth and Venus gravity assists to move into a relatively circular orbit, inside the orbit of Mercury for monitoring the Sun.
This movie illustrates the planned trajectories for Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe.
Opening view of the inner solar system, 2016.
Solar Orbiter leaves Earth and gets a gravity-assist from Venus.
Parker Solar Probe enters an elliptical solar orbit.
Parker Solar Probe uses repeated Venus flybys to move its perihelion closer to the Sun.
Solar Orbiter & Parker Solar Probe approach their final orbits.
An End-of-Mission configuration.
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DE421 (JPL DE421)ID: 752Ephemeris NASA/JPL 2017-01-01 to 2027-02-26
SPICE Ephemerides (SPICE Ephemerides)ID: 755Ephemeris NASA/JPL Solar Orbiter: 2017-01-01 to 2027-02-26; Solar Probe Plus: 2018-07-31 to 2025-12-06
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