Artwork

 

Leaving Earth

Just separated from its launch vehicle and booster rocket, the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft leaves Earth, bound for the inner solar system and an unprecedented study of the Sun.

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Array Deploy

Solar Probe Plus deploys its solar arrays and begins drawing power for its trip toward the Sun.

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Venus Flyby

Artist’s impression of the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft, fully deployed in cruise configuration,  flying past Venus during one of the seven gravity assists that sends it closer to the Sun.

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Observing Sun

Solar Probe Plus, solar panels folded into the shadows of its protective shield, gathers data on its approach to the Sun.

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