Where is Solar Orbiter?

Solar Orbiter is taking the most detailed images ever of the surface of the Sun. The satellite is using the gravitational pull of Earth and Venus to bring itself into the correct orbit around the Sun (the closest point being 42 million kilometres from the surface) allowing Scientists, for the first time, to get a good look at the Sun’s poles, which play an important role in generating its magnetic field.

Track the mission’s trajectory including gravity-assisted flybys and the spacecraft’s position on each and every day of its journey.

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