BERLIN (AP)– The European Space Agency stated Friday that its Solar Orbiter probe will go through the tail of a comet in the coming days and researchers prepare to turn on its instruments early to carry out some “bonus science.”
Solar Orbiter was released in February on an objective to catch the very first images of the sun’s evasive poles and the possibility encounter with comet ATLAS wasn’t prepared.
After looking out to the chance by Geraint Jones of Britain’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, objective researchers set about making sure 4 of the probe’s instruments will be turned on to collect information about the path of dust and charged particles left by the comet.
ESA stated comparable possibility flybys through a comet’s tail have actually just been taped 6 times formerly and just after the occasion had actually happened.
The company’s director of science, Guenther Hasinger, stated the unforeseen encounter “provides a mission with unique opportunities and challenges, but that’s good.”
“Chances like this are all part of the adventure of science,” he included.
Source: AP News