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08 February 2017
Space

Boost into the third dimension

ESA/NASA´s Solar Probe Ulysses on its way to Jupiter
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Summary

25 Years ago Solar Probe Ulysses got a gravity assist by Jupiter to leave the ecliptic plane to explore the "never seen before" poles of the Sun

 

Friedrichshafen, 08/02/2017 - After sixteen months of interplanetary cruise, ESA/NASA´sSolar Probe Ulysses arrived on 8 February 1992 at Jupiter the Solar System´s largest planet. A Jupiter gravity-assist was used to place the spacecraft, built by Airbus, in its unique trajectory which took the probe into the previously unexplored third dimension of the heliosphere. Ulysses surveyed the environment above and below the poles of the Sun.

In the course of its 17.5 year mission Ulysses showed - among other results - that the heliospheric magnetic field is more complicated than had been thought. Ulysses also observed the solar wind in four dimensions, showed that energetic particles are present at all phases of a solar cycle, detected dust particles of interstellar origin and directly measured the properties of interstellar gas for the first time.

The spacecraft was retired mid-2008 after flawless operation and exceeding its designed lifetime of five years by far.

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