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ESA and NASA count to Start of Solar Orbiter mission to Examine Sun’s poles

After over a decade of growth and five weeks of rehearsals, the Solar Orbiter is prepared for lift-off.

Pictures of these sticks captured from the spacecraft can help scientists explore the heliosphere and the solar wind, also, to quantify the sun’s magnetic field, which compels atomic action like flares and can also be accountable for the so-called”space weather” — a phenomenon which impacts both astronauts and spacecraft in distance.

The study of the gathered data will help shield cosmonauts as well as the spacecraft’ technologies as they visit the moon and beyond.

Solar Orbiter will use a ballistic trajectory to enter a place – with planets to pull it on the right course.

“A gravity assistance is flying by quite near a world to utilize the gravitational pull of the planet to modify the orbit,” explains Jose Manuel Sanchez Perez, a Solar Orbiter Mission Analyst.

“What we do with Venus, seven days, and together with all the Earth one time. By doing this we could eventually attain an elliptic orbit, gets near the Sun then goes up into the ecliptic – the ecliptic is the place where all of the planets have been orbiting the Sun – and from going from the ecliptic we reach high latitudes and will we get apparent observations of the Sun’s poles”, he proceeds.

To be able to acquire a close-up perspective of the Sun, the spacecraft will soar over 42 million kilometers from sunlight, facing temperatures around 600 degrees Celsius.

Once sling-shotting around Venus, it is expected to make its first near solar panel by March 2022.