NASA Launches A Spacecraft To The Sun
Nasa’s "Parker Solar Probe" was released this morning at 3:31 am and is on it’s journey through space with the mission of touching The Sun
The Parker Solar Probe was set to launch on Saturday, August 11th but they faced a few difficulties, so it was launched this morning (August 12) at 3:31 am.The most recent update was at 5:33 am when it was confirmed that the vessel was healthily on it’s way to the earth’s “star planet” aka the Sun.
The spacecraft will head directly to the “solar corona” which is one of the last places in the solar system where no spacecraft has ever been. This spacecraft is the fastest spacecraft ever made, according to NASA and it will fly up to 430,000 miles per hour. This trip to space will last roughly seven years with the spacecraft orbiting the sun approximately 24 times and eventually flying roughly 3.8 million miles above the star’s surface. (The Earth is typically about 93 million miles away from the sun, so 3.8 million is VERY close, considering).
The name “Parker Solar Probe” gets its name from Eugene Parker, who was the scientist that predicted the existence of a solar wind. Solar wind can even interfere with humans on an Earth level, like messing with our GPS communications. This space mission will give us more answers about the solar wind.
Because this spacecraft is orbiting the sun at a very close proximity, scientists had to be very careful to ensure that it would not burn up while in orbit. The ship has a thick shield of carbon composite foam and carbon fiber that should (in theory) absorb the heat of the sun and keep the spacecraft at a normal temperature.
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