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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.
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DE421 (A.K.A. JPL DE421)
SPICE Ephemerides (A.K.A. SPICE Ephemerides)
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