NASA Space Orbiters in Designated Flyby Past Venus 


The NASA space Orbiter will remain working for the holiday. The schematics behind the deep space-based satellite show that it will spend the festive season closer to Venus. The satellite is on a crucial mission that is going on despite its operators and engineers taking their festive break. 

The satellite works as a collaborative project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and America’s NASA. The satellite launched in February had a mission to collect information from space regarding the sun. Its central focus is the sun’s Polar Regions. However, the mission proves to be a challenging task. The Orbiter needs to align perfectly to get the photos at the opportune time and distance away from the sun. The mission engineers came up with a solution for this problem and set a course for the satellite chattering its way across planets set a reasonable distance from the sun. The first planet along the designated route is Venus, which the satellite will make a close flyby come 27th December 2020

This mission’s success is a massive achievement for space exploration, particularly on NASA’s solar observatory frontier. The incident coverage will occur online, and surveillance will happen during the festive season while following social distancing laws. Following a response by ESA personnel stating the operation remains under COVID-19 safety regulations and is under no exception.

The Solar Orbiter will have a varied distance from the sun, but the closest it will reach is 4700 miles away from Venus. Experts speculate that this is still subjective, but it might get close up if there will be a need to change its course in due time. Experts reassure that the set trajectory will be the closest and safest possible given the factors present. The Solar Orbiter will take advantage of the flybys to shift out of the ecliptic plane temporarily to get a glimpse of the sun’s Polar Regions. Scientists have specific interests in these regions following a lack of information in the past.

Questions are arising whether the Solar Orbiter will be able to take photos of Venice during the flyby. The operators handling the mission reported that the orbitals structure does not allow it to take pictures of Venus while traveling towards the sun. However, they do ascertain that other sensors on the Solar Orbiter will be at work and will be able to capture information from the planet during the flyby.
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