Parker completes first Venus fly-by

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Early this morning the Parker Solar Probe successfully completed its first fly-by of Venus, skimming within 1,500 miles of the planet.

There is not much more to report, at this time, as it will take the engineers several days to review the data to determine precisely the change in the spacecraft’s orbit around the Sun. It is also not clear whether the spacecraft did any science as it flew by.


One comment

  • Andrew

    This will be fun to an Old Hand like me.

    I remember the Velikovsky affair. This was an academic lynching in the 1950s of an author who made some startling claims about the planet Venus. Claims made before any probe had actually gotten there. The claims were based on a careful examination of the Foke Lore of humanity.

    So far, every prediction he made about Venus has been verified, though no one will mention his name. Be interesting to see how many of the “new” revelations verify his stuff.

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