Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Nasa blasts off historic probe to 'touch Sun'

Parker Solar Probe NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched this morning
Cary Marshall | 12 August, 2018, 12:50

A NASA spacecraft has taken off on an historic mission towards the Sun in a delayed launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The mission will last 6 years and 11 months, and in that time the Parker probe will orbit the sun 24 times. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear, but was called for after a gaseous helium alarm was sounded in the last moments before liftoff, officials said.

Perhaps most important for us humans, the science undertaken with the help of the Parker Solar Probe will likely improve our ability to forecast space weather - including solar flares that can disrupt signals from satellites and, in extreme cases, can even blow out transformers on our terrestrial power grids.

The $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) probe, which is the size of the auto, will play a vital role in our understanding of the solar system.

The probe is created to plunge into the Sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, during a seven-year mission.

That's around 4 per cent of the distance between the earth and the sun.

NASA has billed the mission as the first spacecraft to "touch the Sun".

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But these solar outbursts are poorly understood.

Knowing more about the solar wind and space storms will also help protect future deep space explorers as they journey toward the Moon or Mars.

The Parker Solar Probe carries a lineup of instruments to study the Sun both remotely and in situ, or directly. We are ready. We have the ideal payload.

Through this mission, NASA is hoping to solve decades-old mysteries around what accelerates the solar winds that affect Earth and other planets. The corona holds the answers to many of scientists' outstanding questions about the Sun's activity and processes.

The tools on board will measure the expanding corona and continually flowing atmosphere known as the solar wind, which solar physicist Eugene Parker first described in 1958.

During its historic journey, the probe will jet past Venus at speeds of 430,000 miles per hour, the equivalent of flying from NY to Tokyo in one minute. "Parker Solar Probe would be just 4cm away from the Sun".

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