Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter is a Sun-orbiting satellite developed by the ESA to provide detailed assessment of the inner heliosphere and nascent solar wind. Additionally, it aims to provide close-up images of the polar regions of the Sun to find out how it creates and controls the heliosphere. Launched in February last year, mission is expected to last for 7 years.
Solar Orbiter conducted a flyby close to the Venus. Another ESA spacecraft, BepiColombo, developed in partnership with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, also conducted the flyby the following day. They are both moving towards the inner solar system, with the latter reaching to probe Mercury.

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