Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

A solar probe on a mission to take the closest pictures of the sun ever will pass incredibly close to Earth today, but debris from the recent Russian anti-satellite missile test will make the visit more risky and unpredictable.

European Space Agency (ESA) Solar Orbiter the spacecraft will zoom only 460 kilometers above the Earth’s surface on Friday at. 23:30 EST (Saturday at 16:30 GMT). This close encounter, a maneuver called flyby, will help push the satellite closer to the sun so it can begin its scientific exploration of the star.

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