Venus views from a NASA spacecraft probe show a possibility of tracing scientific instruments

Halfway through a series of opportunists Venus observations, scientists say the success of a NASA solar spacecraft studying our strange neighbor will pave the way for future measurements.

NASA Parker Solar Probe launched in August 2018 on a seven-year mission to touch the sun, dancing through the crown of our star, the superphoto atmosphere of the sun, which is invisible but forms conditions across the solar system. This mission requires a trajectory crawling closer to the visible surface of the sun with each fliby, achieved by a series of seven swings past Venus. So, before Parker Solar Probe launched, atmospheric scientists argued why the spacecraft’s scientific instruments should be turned on while Venus fliby. Now, after just four of those Venus maneuvers, the success of the project may show a new way to study Venus.