Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

NASA’s Parker spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet

Parker Solar Probe launch NASA: Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun' | Daily Star
Kristen Harrington | 12 August, 2018, 12:50

The probe's destination is the sun's corona, which it will fly through over two dozen times, eventually coming within less than 4 million miles (6.4 million kilometers) of our star's surface.

Nasa has launched a satellite that will fly closer to the sun than any of its predecessors.

Over the next seven years, there will be 24 close approaches to the sun.

The problem on Saturday had to do with the gaseous helium pressure alarm on the spacecraft, officials said early Saturday.

No human-made vehicle has ever come so close - leading the American space agency to claim the probe will "touch" the sun.

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The $1.5 billion craft will travel towards the centre of our solar system on a mission to discover more about risky solar storms.

The spacecraft, which will plunge into the sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, is protected by an ultra-powerful heat shield. Its data promises to crack longstanding mysteries about the Sun's behaviour.

These solar outbursts are poorly understood, but pack the potential to wipe out power to millions of people.

The Parker Solar Probe carries a lineup of instruments to study the Sun both remotely and in situ, or directly.

Parker Solar Probe will explore the corona, a region of the Sun only seen from Earth when the Moon blocks out the Sun's bright face during total solar eclipses. We are ready. We have the flawless payload. Scientists aim to learn more about the mechanisms that power the solar wind of charged particles the sun sends into the solar system, creating aurorae on Earth and sometimes screwing with our tech. We know the questions we want to answer'.

Sterling slide no longer a boost for Britain's FTSE 100
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Thousands of spectators jammed the launch site, including 91-year-old astrophysicist Eugene Parker for whom the spacecraft is named.

NASA chief of the science mission directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, said on Saturday that Parker is an "incredible hero of our scientific community", and called the probe one of NASA most "strategically important" missions.

A white light imager will take images of the atmosphere right in front of the Sun.

During its historic journey, the probe will jet past Venus at speeds of 430,000 miles per hour, the equivalent of flying from NY to Tokyo in one minute.

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