Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

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

The NASA's Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft made the closest ever approach of a man-made spacecraft to the sun on Monday, Oct. 29.

The Parker Solar Probe is now expected to continue its approach, passing through the corona, or the sun's outer atmosphere, next week, reaching within 15 million miles of its surface. NASA officials also expect the probe to surpass the fastest speed relative to the Sun record that Helios-2 also set at 153,454 miles per hour.

It is expected that in 2024, probe Parker will approach the Sun at a distance of about 5 million km.

"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", stated Andy Driesman, the project manager behind the Parker Solar Probe.

On October 29, 2018, over 42 years later, NASA's new Parker Solar Probe just broke both of those long-standing records!

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.


The probe will begin it's first encounter with the Sun on Wednesday, culminating with its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun, at about 10:28 p.m. EST on Monday.

The Parker Solar Probe is having one heck of a week.

How did the Parker Solar Probe's journey of 90 million miles begin?

Earlier Japanese probe "Hayabusa-2" successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu two robots-researchers.

The current distance of the spacecraft from the Sun is still quite large, but it might change because the probe is moving closer towards the Sun. NASA explains:The DSN sends a signal to the spacecraft, which then retransmits it back to the DSN, allowing the team to determine the spacecraft's speed and position based on the timing and characteristics of the signal.

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. Wayne has a flair for gathering data and information through extensive research efforts and has a strong set of skills to cover nearly any domain easily and produce reports that are easy to understand and aid in making well-informed decisions.

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