Artist's impression of Ulysses spacecraft

Artist's impression of Ulysses spacecraft

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Credit: TON KINSBERGEN/ESA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of the Ulysses spacecraft approaching the sun. Launched by the space shuttle in October 1990, Ulysses will study the sun & interplanetary medium out of the plane of the solar system. The spacecraft's initial trajectory will take it on a 14-month flight to Jupiter, where the giant planet's gravity will be used as a slingshot to hurl the spacecraft out of the plane of the solar system & back towards the sun. Two & a half years later its orbit will take it over both of the sun's poles. In this artwork, the spacecraft is seen in front of a false-colour photograph of the sun's disc.

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Keywords: artwork, astronomical research, astronomy, astrophysics, international solar polar miss, loop, loop prominence, satellite, satellites, solar, solar polar mission, solar prominence, sun, sunspot, ulysses spacecraft

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