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Heliospheric Future: Parker Solar Probe (formerly Solar Probe Plus) & Solar Orbiter

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Two future missions scheduled for detailed studies of the Sun and solar atmosphere are Parker Solar Probe and 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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Data Used:
SPICE Ephemerides also referred to as: SPICE Ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL - Solar Orbiter: 2017-01-01 to 2027-02-26; Solar Probe Plus: 2018-07-31 to 2025-12-06
Satellite and planetary ephemerides
JPL DE421 also referred to as: DE421
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL - 2017-01-01 to 2027-02-26
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This item is part of this series:

SVS >> Solar Wind
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Heliophysics
SVS >> Corona
SVS >> Satellite Orbit
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Solar Probe Plus
SVS >> Solar Orbiter

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version