The Parker solar probe has a week. It was not until yesterday that NASA had announced that its star-testing machine had come closer to the sun than any other spaceship before it, and now the probe has broken another record.
According to Guinness World Records, the probe is now the fastest man-made object. It reached a speed of 155,959 miles per hour, relative to the position of the sun. This may sound like an incredible feat, and I suppose that's it, but it's only a hair faster than the previous world record of the Helios 2 probe, which reached a speed of 153,453 mph in 1976.
The probe is currently focused on the first of many passes of the Sun, each of which slowly shrinks its orbit thanks to the gravity of nearby Venus. As the approach approaches, the probe will continue to regularly exceed its own top speed records, and is expected to break both the current distance and speed on November 5, coming closer to the sun than ever before and moving at a speed of about 21
That's a speed that blows the Helios 2 probe completely out of the water, but the Parker spacecraft is just starting. Every time it passes by, it gradually moves to its final maximum speed of 430,000 miles per hour. However, this date is still far away and will not reach this incredible milestone until 2024.
As the probe brings the sun closer, it will examine our star in ways never before possible. It will pass on measurements of the Sun's atmosphere, and scientists hope it helps them understand all the special things that make the star tick. Expect many new discoveries from NASA's new probe sooner or later.