NASA's courageous mission to kiss the Sun is now starting at the 15th month, and the Parker Sun Probe moves closer to our host star with each orbit. The data collected by the probe during its first two stellar fly-bys are now available online, and NASA is making them available to "interested public users to manipulate, analyze and draw at will" . ,
Since entering space On August 12, 2018, the Parker solar probe completed three solar orbits . Data collected during of the first two orbits is now publicly available by NASA . The Treasure Trove ̵
That's great, because the Parker solar probe goes where no spaceship was before, and accumulates unprecedented kinds of information . The probe has already set the record for the approach of a man-made object to the sun and is also the fastest spaceship ever sent into space. Of scientific importance is that the probe performs measurements inside and outside the corona – the immediate star environment around the sun. These data, whether from Elite Researchers or Citizen Scientists, could tell us more about the Sun and its operation and improve our ability to predict heavy space weather like damage Solar Storms .
"The publication of this data will allow them not only to work together with the scientific community to contribute to the mission's success, but also to take the opportunity for new discoveries to the next level. Nour Raouafi, a Parker Probe project scientist, said in a NASA press release.
Parker's suite of on-board specialty instruments measures the properties of the solar wind. The uploaded data can be accessed through several websites: the NASA Space Physics Data Facility The Solar Data Analysis Center The APL Parker Solar Probe Gateway .
The Da The measurements included measurements made by the probe from 31 October 2018 to 12 November 2018 and from 30 March 2019 to 19 April 2019. These data include measurements made during both perihelion and aphelion. The probe was closest in its orbit and furthest from the sun. For example, during its first and second perihelion, the spaceship came 24.8 million kilometers (15.41 million miles) from the Sun (19459003). Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, arrives at its perihelion 46 million kilometers of the sun.
So that's three suncourses down, 21 ahead of us. The fourth perihelion is expected on January 29, 2020 . At this point, the probe will be within 19.4 million kilometers (12.05 million miles) of the sun and reach speeds of more than 109 kilometers per second (67.6 miles per second).
At some point, the Parker solar probe will be 6.4 million kilometers from the Sun and will have to withstand enormous amounts of heat and radiation at that point. This will happen in 2025, and as we would expect from such a mission, the probe will continue to collect data until until it is burnt to a metallic chip.