Definition of flyby
1 : a prearranged usually low-altitude flight by one or more airplanes over a public gathering (such as an air show)
2a : a flight of a spacecraft past a celestial body (such as Mars) close enough to obtain scientific datab : a spacecraft that makes a flyby
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But the probe traveled a total distance of 1,740 million miles (2,800 million kilometers) to reach Jupiter, making a flyby of Earth to help pick up speed.
But what seems clear after Monday's flyby is that Juno has begun to collect excellent and groundbreaking data.
In 2015 NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made a historic flyby of Pluto after traveling 3 billion miles on an epic journey that lasted more than nine years.
All eight of the spacecraft’s instruments as well as its camera, JunoCam, will be on during the flyby.
Bepi will take 7.2 years to get to the planet at which point will begin several flybys, ending in 2025.
Watching a flyby from the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the youngest royals—and the entire royal family, really— were visibly transfixed by the spectacle.
After a close flyby, the Juno spacecraft has sent back the first close-up images of what planet's southern lights?
These flybys, which began when Juno entered Jupiter’s orbit last summer, have produced some stunning photographs of the gas giant’s polar regions, unlike the typical views published in textbooks over the years.
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Definition of flyby for English Language Learners
: a usually low flight past a group of people at an air show, during a parade, etc., by an aircraft or group of aircraft
: a flight of a spacecraft past a planet, moon, etc.
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