ALARM! ESA HIT Solar Orbiter by Launching Coronal Masses from the Sun
ESA’s Solar Orbiter was impacted by a recent Massive Launch ejected from the surface of the Sun. Here’s what ESA has to say about the incident.
Coronary mass ejections (CMEs) have been frequent over the past few days with nearly 32 CMEs erupting from face afterward Sun just last week. Our sun is nearing its peak in its 11-year solar cycle, which has caused solar activity to increase over the past few months. As the Sun enters the culmination of its solar cycle around 2025, solar activity is predicted to continue to increase significantly.
A recent CME erupting from the surface of the Sun has hit Europe Space The Agency’s Solar Orbiter (ESA) has passed Venus for a gravity-assisted maneuver in the early hours of September 4. According to ESA, as the orbiter approached the Sun to complete the maneuver, a massive CME ejected from the Sun and collided with the Sun. orbital ship.
ESA has designed the orbiter to withstand such natural phenomena and thus the CME does not cause any significant damage to the Solar Orbit. Its Venus rover is planned to take advantage of the planet’s gravity to complete a gravity-assisted maneuver.
Jose-Luis Pellon-Bailon, Executive Director of Solar Orbiter said in ESA Blog“The approach approximates the plan, thanks a lot to the planning from our colleagues in Flight Dynamics and the diligent care of the Flight Controllers.”
“By trading ‘orbital energy’ with Venus, the Solar Orbiter used the planet’s gravity to change its orbit without the need for masses of expensive fuel. When it returns to the Sun, the spacecraft’s closest approach will be about 4.5 million kilometers closer than before,” he added.
Solar Orbital Mission
According to ESA, the Solar Orbiter mission was conceived to perform a close-up study of the Sun and our inner heliosphere – our innermost unexplored regions. Solar system – to better understand, and even predict, the unruly behavior of the star on which our lives depend.