On This Day In Space: June 24, 1999: Cassini spacecraft makes 2nd Venus flyby (Image Credit: Space.com)
Taking advantage Venus’s gravity, Cassini gained enough momentum during the encounter to slingshot out past the asteroid b
This was actually the second time Cassini swooped around Venus for a so-called gravitational-assist flyby. It passed within 3,700 miles of the planet’s surface before flinging out into the solar system.
After Venus, Cassini t flew by Earth, the moon, and Jupiter before arriving at Saturn. The whole trip from Venus to Saturn took about five years!
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