The Amazing Cassini spacecraft and its sibling lander, Huygens, have now concluded their scientific studies, bringing back years of data to be combed through by scientists, plotting their next journey to Saturn’s space. Now, Juno piercing the cloak of Jupiter and her distant relative New Horizons at the edge of the solar system.
The Soviet Era Luna 3 was the first spacecraft to utilize gravity to change course to photograph the dark side of the Moon. The NASA Mariner 10 mission used the technique to swing by Venus to target Mercury. The gravity assist or slingshot maneuver has become a standard for navigating the solar system. With our probes reaching further, faster, and more accurately than ever before.
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