Planetary rendezvous of Solar Orbiter
The spacecraft Solar Orbiter has captured three of the four rocky planets on video on it’s way to getting closer to the sun. Doctoral Research Fellow Aditi Bhatnagar at RoCS, UiO tells us more about it.
The image was made on 18 November 2020 by the Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) camera on board the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Three Solar System planets are visible in the foreground: Venus (left), Earth (middle), and Mars (right). Stars are visible in the background. Photo: ESA/NASA.
Solar Orbiter has ten instruments onboard. The Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS) at the University of Oslo is responsible for the computer programs that convert the raw binary data from the remote-sensing instrument SPICE to a format that can be analysed by scientists.