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Space weather report for an alien world

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 08:39 PM

Space weather report for an alien world


www.esa.int said:

6 June 2014 For the first time, ESA is providing regular space-weather reports for a spacecraft orbiting another planet.

When your spacecraft is surfing deep into the atmosphere of an alien world, you need the latest information on conditions that could affect your trajectory.

If that planet is Venus, that means knowing what’s happening on our Sun in real time, because solar activity can greatly influence conditions like atmospheric density and the radiation environment at Earth’s closest neighbour.          

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