CAPE CANAVERAL – NASA's Parker Solar Probe is based on its historic mission to Cape Canaveral Air Force The Sun.
Parker, who was supported by a Delta-IV heavy rocket of the United Launch Alliance, launched from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral. The launch was originally scheduled for early Saturday but last technical disruption broke out at the start window (1
NASA PARKER SOLAR PROBE: CAPE CANAVERAL prepares for EPIC mission to the Sun
Parker will face "brutal" heat and radiation during an epic journey that will take up to 3.8 million miles from the Sun's surface, so the space agency. This is seven times closer than the previously closest spacecraft Helios 2, which was 27 million miles from the Sun in 1976.
The average distance between the Sun and Earth is 93 million miles.
Parker has to withstand a heat of nearly 2,500 degrees Celsius to fulfill his bold mission. To achieve this, the probe is protected by a special 4.5-inch carbon composite shield. Safe inside the spacecraft, however, the payload of the probe will work at room temperature.
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Hardening Venus Gravity, Parker is completing seven air travel over seven years to gradually bring his orbit closer to the Sun. At its closest approach in 2024, the probe will travel about 430,000 mph, setting a new speed record for a man-made object.
The solar corona seen during a total eclipse is usually hidden by the light of the surface of the star. The probe, which after the groundbreaking solar physicist Dr. Eugene Parker is named, will provide a wealth of priceless data.
Scientists expect the sun's potential to disrupt satellites and spacecraft, as well as electronics and communications on Earth, to be re-illuminated. 196590000] PARKER SOLAR PROBLEM OF NOSE SETS ON HISTORICAL MISSION TO "TOUCH THE SUN"
It is also to be hoped that the probe will provide answers to what scientists call "the problem of coronary warming" The most unusual Aspects of the sun are, according to NASA, that their atmosphere gets much hotter the farther away from the surface of the star.
Instruments on Board Parker examines magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, as well as the solar wind current of ionized gases that flow past the Earth at more than one million miles per hour.
Eugene Parker first hypothesized the existence of the solar wind. To honor its contribution to science, the probe is NASA's first spacecraft to be named after a living person.
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Designed and built by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, the lab carries more than 1.1 million names of the sun , In March, members of the public were invited to join the historic mission by placing their names on a memory card that will launch the spaceship into space. In May, NASA confirmed that a total of 1,137,202 names were filed over a seven-week period.
Parker, designed and built by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, also carries more than 1.1 million names The Sun. In March, members of the public were invited to join the historic mission by putting their names on a memory card that Parker brought into space. In May, NASA confirmed that a total of 1,137,202 names were filed over a seven-week period.
The memory card also contains photos of Dr. Ing. Parker and his seminal scientific work on solar wind from 1958.
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