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Solar Orbiter: UK-built spacecraft prepares for close flyby of Venus days after Christmas

express– Solar Orbiter is racing towards the Planet of Love for the first of many scheduled flybys of Venus. The spacecraft only launched in February this year but is already more than 146 million miles (235 million km) from Earth. On Thursday, December 17, the European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed Solar Orbiter was closing in on Venus from a distance of 6.5 million miles (10.5 million km).

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