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Feast Your Eyes on This Mind-Blowingly Close Photo of Venus – ScienceAlert

Although its main mission is staring at the Sun, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take any opportunity to send data back home to Earth.

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Although its main mission is staring at the Sun, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take any opportunity to send data back home to Earth.
The planet Venus represents just such an opportunity, or rather, seven of them. Seven times during its mission, the probe will swing around Venus for a gravity assist, using the planet’s gravity as a slingshot for course and speed corrections as it edges closer and closer to the Sun.
The solar probe made the third of these maneuvers on 11 July 2020, and as it approached,…

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