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The BBC News article European SolO probe ready to take on audacious mission links to the ESA video shown below and contains this 5 minute audio interview with NASA deputy project scientist on the mission Holly Gilbert who outlines several interesting aspects of the mission and complementary measurements with Parker Solar Probe.

The video appears (at least to me) to end with SolO crashing into Venus; is that really the plan? If so, why? If not, then what is the plan for its orbit after that flyby?

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  • $\begingroup$ companion question: What is ESA's Solar Orbiter's target inclination? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 19 '19 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ This trajectory design paper does not mention end of mission, but does note the Venus flybys will be at an altitude of 350 km, close to the minimum. So burning up the spacecraft should be possible with a small correction maneuver. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Oct 19 '19 at 19:17

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