SUN OB­SERVER LAUNCHES

Sky at Night Magazine - - BULLETIN -

The Parker So­lar Probe suc­cess­fully launched to­wards the Sun on 12 Au­gust. “Now, Parker So­lar Probe is op­er­at­ing nor­mally and on its way to be­gin a seven-year mis­sion of ex­treme sci­ence,” said Andy Dries­man of Johns Hopkins Univer­sity and pro­ject man­ager of Parker. The space­craft will per­form the first of seven Venus fly­bys on 3 Oc­to­ber. This en­counter will nudge the craft into an or­bit that takes it through its first per­i­he­lion on 5 Novem­ber.

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