Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 – 24 September 2021
Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 September – 24 September 2021
EPSC Abstracts
Vol. 15, EPSC2021-300, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-300
European Planetary Science Congress 2021
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Solar Orbiter’s first Venus flyby: observations from the Radio andPlasma Wave instrument

Lina Hadid1 and the Solar Orbiter's RPW, MAG and EPD teams*
Lina Hadid and the Solar Orbiter's RPW, MAG and EPD teams
  • 1Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas, CNRS, CEDEX Palaiseau, France (lina.hadid@lpp.polytechnique.fr)
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

On December 27, 2020, Solar Orbiter completed its first gravity assist manoeuvre of Venus. While this flyby was performed to provide the spacecraft with sufficient velocity to get closer to the Sun and observe its poles from progressively higher inclinations, the Radio and Plasma Wave (RPW) consortium, along with other operational in-situ instruments, had the opportunity to perform high cadence measurements and study the plasma properties in the induced magnetosphere of Venus. In this work we present an overview of the in situ observations performed by RPW, inside the induced magnetosphere of Venus, during this first encounter of Solar Orbiter.
These data allowed conclusive identification of various waves at low and higher frequencies than previously observed and detailed investigation regarding the structure of the induced magnetosphere of Venus. Furthermore, noting that prior studies were mainly focused on the magnetosheath region and could only reach 10-12 Venus radii (RV) down the tail, the particular orbit geometry of Solar Orbiter’s VGAM1, allowed the first investigation of the nature of the plasma waves continuously from the bow-shock to the magnetosheath, extending to ∼ 70 R V in the far distant tail region.

Solar Orbiter's RPW, MAG and EPD teams:

L. Z. Hadid, N. J. T. Edberg, T. Chust, D. Píša, A. P. Dimmock, M. W. Morooka, M. Maksimovic, Yu. V. Khotyaintsev, J. Souček, M. Kretzschmar, A. Vecchio, O. Le Contel, A. Retino, R. C. Allen, M. Volwerk, C. M. Fowler, L. Sorriso-Valvo, T. Karlsson, O. Santolík, I. Kolmašová, F. Sahraoui, K. Stergiopoulou, X. Moussas, K. Issautier, R. M. Dewey , M. Klein Wolt, O. E. Malandraki, E. P. Kontar, G. G. Howes, S. D. Bale, T. S. Horbury, M. Martinović, A. Vaivads, V. Krasnoselskikh, E. Lorfèvre, D. Plettemeier, M. Steller, Š. Štverák, P. Trávníček, H. O’Brien, V. Evans, V. Angelini, M. C. Velli, and I. Zouganelis

How to cite: Hadid, L. and the Solar Orbiter's RPW, MAG and EPD teams: Solar Orbiter’s first Venus flyby: observations from the Radio andPlasma Wave instrument, European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-300, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-300, 2021.

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