The world's first mission to the sun is only three months away and will bring closer the NASA's Parker Solar Probe our star is daring like no other spaceship before.
The intrepid solar probe aims to be up to 4 million miles from the sun's surface and embarks on a historic mission to find answers to the most burning questions (pun intended) Star Physics
But the Parker Solar Probe will not make the journey alone. There are more than 1.1 million people writing their names on a memory card in the sun.
The initiative was part of NASA's "Hot Ticket" campaign launched in March to celebrate the first human expedition to the Sun.
Nicola Fox, Project Scientist for Parker Solar Probe at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, commented on the space agency's decision to invite the public to join in the rapture and to submit their names for the upcoming excursion into the sun.
"It is fitting that while taking one of the most extreme reconnaissance missions ever undertaken by a man-made object, the spacecraft also carries around the names of so many people who cheer it on in its own way."  The memory card contains a total of 1,137,202 names and was installed on the Parker spacecraft on May 18, NASA revealed. The card was placed on a commemorative plaque (picture below) showing a dedication to the Mission's eponym, Professor emeritus Eugene Parker of the University of Chicago, Illinois. Also on the plaque is a quote from the heliophysicist of July 2017, which reads: "Let's see what lies ahead."
The Parker Solar Probe will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 31, carrying sophisticated equipment designed to capture the solar corona and solar wind energy particles – a continuous flow of material affects Earth's atmosphere and that of other planets and determines how our solar system interacts with the rest of the Milky Way.
As reported Inquisitr preparations are in full swing for the launch of the Parker Solar Probe in Florida in early April to install its thermal protection system
"Parker Solar Probe will be our understanding revolutionizing the sun, the only star we can study at close range, "said Fox.
The spacecraft is bound to the outer atmosphere of the Sun and will try to uncover why the solar corona is so much hotter compared to the visible "surface" of the Sun's photosphere. As NASA explains, the photosphere reaches temperatures of about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while the solar corona can heat up to 10 million degrees Celsius.
One of Parker's missions is to find an answer to this problem as "totally counterintuitive," pointing out "it's like walking away from a campfire and suddenly feeling a thousand times hotter."
I was lucky enough to see the badge installed last Friday. Thank you for sending us your name on board @ParkerSunProbe – we are looking forward to making this historic journey with so many new friends! #coolesthottestmissionundertherhesun https://t.co/X7seaQXwkX
– Nicky Fox (@ SolarGirl2018) May 21, 2018
Another focus of the Parker Solar Probe is to provide more insight into to maintain the system How the solar wind accelerates when it comes to our planet.
"The resulting data may also improve the predictions of larger eruptions on the Sun and subsequent space weather events affecting life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in outer space," NASA officials have written in a statement earlier this week.
Last year, Parker visited the spacecraft, which bears his name and offered his thoughts on NASA's historic mission.
"From the experience of seeing the probe close, I now understand the difficult task that you are undertaking and I am sure you will succeed."
The Parker Solar Probe is the first probe which was named after a living scientist in recognition of his contributions in the field of solar physics. According to NASA, the memory card, which records the Sun's 1.1 million names, was provided with photos of Parker and a copy of his revolutionary scientific work, which in 1958 theorized the concept of the solar wind for the first time.