Watch two spaceships fly past Venus in a rare occurrence.
Two spacecraft recently passed Venus in a rare double flyby that captured unique images and data. These data are now being analyzed, but scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) have been able to translate some of it into sounds for people to experience what it would feel like if a gigantic planet flew past them. ESA shared a video asking people to “enjoy the sights, sounds and ‘feelings’ of a Venus flyby.” He said the video showed the summary of the first impressions of the data recorded by the spacecraft so far.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and ‘feelings’ of a #VenusFlyby– Our roundup of first impressions of the data so far! Thanks to @bepicolombo Y @ESASolarOrbiter teams for sharing these first insights so quickly! #ExploreFarther ? https://t.co/VsJLU02KPNhttps://t.co/agbkUGZJrM
The space agency said it’s Solar Orbiter and the BepiColombo spacecraft passed the planet 33 hours apart. The Orbiter flew over Venus on August 9 at a distance of 7,995 km, while the BepiColombo mission passed just 552 km from the planet’s surface on August 10. THAT said in a statement.
He added that the flybys were necessary to give the spacecraft a “gravity assist” To help them get to their next destinations. BepiColombo is scheduled to make another flyby of Mercury on October 1 and 2 at night and then enter orbit in 2025. Solar Orbiter will make a near-Earth flyby on November 27.
The Venus flybys required extremely precise deep-space navigation work by ESA scientists. During the BepiColombo flyby, the spacecraft felt an expected rapid increase in heat as it passed from the night side to the dayside of the planet. The Orbiter also registered an increase of 110 degrees Celsius in one of its eight solar panels, from -100ºC to + 10ºC. Inside the spacecraft, only a 2-3 degree rise in temperature was observed due to insulation.
However, with the scientific cameras onboard the aircraft, it was not possible to take high-resolution images of Venus, but both captured images in black and white.
The BepiColombo spacecraft is a joint mission of the European and Japanese aerospace agencies. And ESA launched the Solar Orbiter project in partnership with NASA..