Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

This Probe Just Became The Closest Ever Spacecraft to The Sun

The probe is named in honour of astrophysicist Dr Eugene Parker Image The probe is named in honour of astrophysicist Dr Eugene Parker
Cary Marshall | 01 November, 2018, 17:58

Yet, the spacecraft is gradually shrinking its orbit around the sun, with the final objective being 3.83 million miles (6.16 million km) from the surface.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has clinched the record for closest approach to the Sun by a man-made object, the space agency confirmed Monday. The current record for heliocentric speed is 153,454 miles per hour, set by Helios 2 in April 1976, according to NASA.

In addition, in the coming days, the probe should set another record, becoming the fastest ship in the history of space exploration.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral on its mission to the Sun. After that, the probe will burn up in the sunlight.

Parker Solar Probe was launched on August 12 this year on an unprecedented, seven-year long journey to unlock the mysteries of the sun's fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather.

The probe will begin its first solar encounter on October 31. Scientists expect Parker to reach a peak speed of nearly 190km/s (690,000km/h; 428,700mph) - but it will happen sometime in 2025.

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Later today, the solar probe should also break Helios 2's record for velocity relative to the Sun of 246,960 km/hour.

On October 31, the day of Halloween, NASA will begin its first so-called solar encounter with the burning star.

The Parker Solar Probe will continue to accelerate and close in on the sun until around 3:30 a.m. GMT on 6 November (11:30 p.m. 5 November EST), when it will reach "perihelion" - the closest point in its orbit, and begin its long swing back out past the orbit of Venus.

Parker Solar Probe, shown in this animation, became the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun on October 29, 2018, when it passed within 26.55 million miles of the Sun's surface.

There is no rocket available that can get away from Earth with that much power, however.

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. Thus, it will provide the information, and also take samples of the corona's particle, and analyze the Sun's magnetic and electric fields.

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