Published: May 23, 2018 6:27:54 pm
NASA's Parker Solar Probe – humanity's first mission to "touch" a star – will bring more than 1.1 million people to the Sun in July, the US Space Agency said. During its seven-year mission, the probe will fly 24 times through the Sun's atmosphere and approach our star more closely than any starship previously. "Parker Solar Probe will revolutionize our understanding of the sun, the only star we can study at close range," said Nicola Fox, project scientist for Parker Solar Probe at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in the US.
"It's fitting that while the mission is embarking on some of the most extreme exploration ever undertaken by a man-made object, the spacecraft will also carry around the names of so many people cheering them on their way "Fox said. In March, the public was invited to send their names on board the first mission of humanity to touch a star. In the seven and a half weeks, a total of 1,137,202 names were submitted and confirmed, and on May 18, three months before the scheduled launch on July 31, a memory card with the names was installed on the spacecraft.  The map was mounted on a chalkboard with a dedication and a quote from missionary sitter Eugene Parker, who first hypothesized the existence of the solar wind. This is the first NASA mission to be named after a living person. This memory card also contains photos of Parker, a professor at the University of Chicago, and a copy of his groundbreaking 1958 work. Parker suggested a number of concepts of how stars, including our sun, give off material.
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He called this energy cascade and particles The solar wind, a constant outflow of matter from the sun that we now know Forms everything from the habitability of the worlds to the interaction of our solar system with the rest of the galaxy. Parker Solar Probe will explore the outer atmosphere of the Sun and make critical observations to answer decades of questions about the physics of stars. The resulting data may also improve predictions of major eruptions on the Sun and subsequent space weather events affecting life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.
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