Heliospheric Future: Solar Probe Plus & Solar Orbiter

Heliospheric Future: Solar Probe Plus & Solar Orbiter

Solar Probe Plus will move in a highly elliptical orbit, using seven gravity assists from Venus to move it closer to the Sun with each pass. Solar Orbiter will use Earth and Venus gravity assists to move into a relatively circular orbit and climb up and out of the ecliptic plane to capture the first images of the Sun’s poles.