Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record, Becomes Closest Spacecraft to Sun

Enlarge Image This illustration shows the probe nearing the sun.                  NASA  Johns Hopkins APL  Steve Gribben Enlarge Image This illustration shows the probe nearing the sun. NASA Johns Hopkins APL Steve Gribben
Cary Marshall | 03 November, 2018, 02:29

The Parker Solar Probe, designed, built, and operated by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, now holds two operational records for a spacecraft and will continue to set new records during its seven-year mission to the sun.

Parker Solar Probe's four suites of science instruments are on and collecting data throughout this phase, giving scientists their closest-yet look at this dynamic region of the Sun's outer atmosphere.

The Parker Solar Probe is now the closest spacecraft to the sun-it passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the sun's surface at 1:04 p.m. on Monday, as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team.

As the mission progresses, the spacecraft will repeatedly break its own records, with a final close approach of 6.12 million km from the solar surface expected in 2024, it said.

Parker Solar Probe was also expected to break the record for fastest spacecraft traveling relative to the Sun on October 29 at about 10:54 p.m. EDT. NASA said, "So far 153,454 miles per hour was the record of Heliocentric speed, which Helios achieved in April 1976". However, the team says that they are more focused on the first solar encounter, which is expected to happen from 31 of October.

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The spacecraft lifted off from Earth on August 12 earlier this year.

The Parker Solar Probe is the first NASA aircraft to be named after a living astrophysicist; 91-year-old Eugene Parker, who proposed the notion of solar wind.

While Parker approached the Sun at a distance of about the accounting period by 40.23 million kilometers. Wayne has a flair for gathering data and information through extensive research efforts and has a strong set of skills to cover nearly any domain easily and produce reports that are easy to understand and aid in making well-informed decisions.

"He called this cascade of energy the solar wind, and he described an entire complex system of plasmas, magnetic fields and energetic particles that make up this phenomenon", according to a NASA entry on Parker.

The team periodically measures the spacecraft's precise speed and position using NASA's Deep Space Network, or DSN. "The objective of the Parker probe is to study the effect of the sun on the surface of the Earth". The sun's gravity will eventually see the probe reach speeds of about 430,000mph.

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