NASA spacecraft Park ers itself closest to the sun


NASA's Parker Solar Probe hasn't even completed its first historic swing around the Sun, but just this week it broke two space records that have held for over 42 years!

Parker Solar Probe's four suites of science instruments are on and collecting data throughout this phase, giving scientists their closest-yet look at this dynamic region of the Sun's outer atmosphere. The plucky Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it, coming within 26.55 million miles of our star on October 29th, and of course it's still pushing onward.

The first record in history, in April 1975, was touched by the German-American collaboration Helios 2 which was also sent to observe the Sun. The Parker Solar Probe will repeatedly set and break its own record before making a final close approach of about 3.83 million miles away from the surface of the sun in 2024.

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The probe has been launched for just 78 days, according to Andy Driesman, project manager at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. NASA said, "So far 153,454 miles per hour was the record of Heliocentric speed, which Helios achieved in April 1976". "We are proud of this event, although we continue to focus on our first solar meeting, which starts on 31 October". On this day, the station will begin closer to the surface of the Sun, until November 5, its first perihelion - nearest to the Sun point of the orbit.

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An artist's sketch of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun. The $1.5 billion mission began on August 12, and the spacecraft will spent the next seven years studying the sun at closer and closer distances, enduring extreme heat and radiation. These observations will add key knowledge to NASA's efforts to understand the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds.