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The View from above Venus
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Closest Approach Trajectory Highlights

See three views of the spacecraft trajectory near closest approach to the planet, as well as summary details of the spacecraft’s location when closest to the planet and the gravity-assist boost imparted to the spacecraft via the flyby.

First Venus flyby closest approach details:

Date and time: October 24, 2006, 8:34:00 UTC
Spacecraft distance to planet center: 9039.1 km
Altitude: 2987.3 km
Sub-spacecraft surface latitude, longitude: 63.184° N, 213.077° E
Spacecraft velocity with respect to planet center: 12.395 km/s
Effective gravity-assist velocity change from flyby: 5.523 km/s

October 24, 2006
MESSENGER Completes Venus Flyby

NASA's Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft came within 2,990 kilometers (1,860 miles) of the surface of Venus early this morning during its second planetary encounter. The spacecraft used the tug of the planet's gravity to change its trajectory significantly, shrinking the radius of its orbit around the Sun and bringing it closer to Mercury. [more]

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