Coronal mass ejection strikes Solar Orbiter before Venus flyby

Coronal mass ejection strikes Solar Orbiter before Venus flyby

In the early hours of Sunday 4 September, Solar Orbiter flew by Venus for a gravity-assist maneuver that alters the spacecraft’s orbit, getting it even closer to the Sun. As if trying to get the orbiter’s attention as it cozied up to another body in the Solar System, the Sun flung an enormous coronal mass ejection straight at the spacecraft and […]

NASA’s DAVINCI Mission To Take the Plunge Through Massive Atmosphere of Venus

In a recently published paper, NASA scientists and engineers give new details about the agency’s Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission, which will descend through the layered Venus atmosphere to the surface of the planet in mid-2031. DAVINCI is the first mission to study Venus using both spacecraft flybys and a descent probe. DAVINCI, a flying […]

Earth and Venus grew up as rambunctious planets

Earth and Venus grew up as rambunctious planets

Planet formation was likely even messier and more complicated than most scientists would care to admit, according to new research led by researchers at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Hear the ‘Sound’ of a Spacecraft Flying Past Venus

Hear the ‘Sound’ of a Spacecraft Flying Past Venus

Two spacecraft zipped past Venus at nearly time this week, and we’re steadily getting more data from this rare double flyby. The research teams have even translated some of this data into sounds, which you can hear in this article.

Hot dates: 2 spacecraft to make Venus flyby

Hot dates: 2 spacecraft to make Venus flyby

Two spacecraft are set to swoop past Venus within hours of each other this week, using the maneuver to do a little bit of bonus science on the way to their main missions at the center of our solar system.