TON KINSBERGEN / ESA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TON KINSBERGEN / ESA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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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