An artist's sketch of the solar probe Parker approaching the sun. On Monday, NASA announced that the Parker Solar Probe broke the record to be the first man-made object closest to the sun. She broke the record set by the Helios 2 probe in 1
The NASA-Parker probe made the approach of an artificial spacecraft closest to the sun on Monday, October 29
Closer access to the sun
The probe has surpassed the previous record of the German-American Helios 2, which approached in April 1976. The Parker Solar probe flew 26.55 million miles from the surface of the star on Monday afternoon EDT. The Parker Solar Probe will repeatedly set and break its own record before undertaking a final approximation of approximately 3.83 million miles from the surface of the Sun in 2024.
"Parker Solar Probe was launched 78 days before launch and we've come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history," said Andy Driesman, the project manager behind the Parker Solar Probe.
The spacecraft launched from Earth on August 12 this year. His mission is to learn everything about the center of the solar system, the sun.
In September, it took a bit of ground to rage to Venus for the first gravity help. From its position in space, it can be perceived as a luminous point between countless stars.
Hello, #ParkerSolarProbe ! The spacecraft took a look at the earth on September 25th. The earth is the big bright object on the right side of the frame. If you enlarge the view, you can even see the moon behind the earth to the right! https://t.co/Wwh4ONn81A pic.twitter.com/Es5gGBIpc1 – NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) October 24, 2018
The Parker Solar Probe also became the fastest spaceship traveling relative to the Sun, another record Helios 2 had previously set. The probe measures its own speed and position, the Deep Space Network or DSN retrieves this data before sending it to NASA's ground control.
Facing The Heat
The Parker solar probe will continue to fly closer to the surface of the probe sun, exposed to intense heat and radiation to provide new information. It is equipped with a special carbon composite shield that can protect it from the brutal environment, and several instruments for measuring structure and activity.
The first perihelion will be reached on November 5th at 10am. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME. The spacecraft will have 24 close encounters over the next seven years.
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