Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Just Smashed Two Records in a Single Day

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Just Smashed Two Records in a Single Day

Spacecraft Solar Probe Parker 29 Oct approached the Sun at a record distance, breaking the record set by the camera Helios 2 in 1976 and formed 42,73 million kilometres, NASA said.

However, on 29 October the new probe sent by NASA is expected to overcome the Helios 2 heliocentric speed record, at the time 10:54 pm EDT. With the passage of 26.55 million miles of sun surface, Parker Solar probe became the closest spacecraft to the Sun.

"It's been just 78 days since Parker Solar Probe launched, and we've now come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history", said Project Manager Andy Driesman.

Parker also set another record late Monday night.

According to the concept of American scientists, in the period to June 2025 the probe 24 will make a revolution in its orbit around the Sun, accelerating to the speed of 724 thousand miles per hour. "It's a proud moment for the team, though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on October 31".

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The Parker Solar Probe will begin its first solar encounter today, continuing to fly closer and closer to the sun's surface until it reaches its first perihelion-the name for the point where it is closest to the sun-at approximately 10:28 p.m. on November 5, at a distance of about 15 million miles from the sun. The probe will continue to make passes of the Sun for several years, and it won't reach its closest point until sometime in 2024.

An illustration of what the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun. If Parker Solar Probe can do this, this could be the biggest achievement of science in the world.

Back in early 1976, the United States and Germany launched a joint mission, named Helios 2, to study the Sun. NASA's Deep Space Network is helping scientists to recognize the speed and position of the spacecraft in the space. As it gets nearer to the star's surface, the probe will face formidable heat and radiation, which it will fend off with a maneuverable shield always pointed toward the flaming ball of fire at the center of our Solar System.

The spacecraft blasted off on August 12 on humans' first close visit to a star and is expected to revolutionize our understanding of the Sun. By learning more about the Sun, we will have a better understanding of how it affects Earth and other planets, and possibly improve our space weather forecasting.

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