Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun

NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun

In the next seven years Parker Solar Probe will beat your own records and will be 6.16 million kilometers from the sun.

In addition, NASA said that Parker has developed a Solar Probe and record the heliocentric velocity (speed relative to the Sun), also surpassing the record of Helios 2, which 246,960 km/h. Earlier, German-American Helios-2 aircraft made the record of the nearest closest to the Sun in April 1976.

Another record is in sight for the Parker Solar Probe.The spaceship is "expected to break the record for fastest spacecraft traveling relative to the Sun on October 29 at about 10:54 pm EDT (Tuesday 0254 GMT)", NASA said.

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"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", Andy Driesman the project manager of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physcis Laboratory reported.

NASA reported that the Parker Solar Probe crossed Helios-2's mark on Monday. "It's a proud moment for the team, though we remain focused on our first solar encounter."NASA Sun & Space on Twitter "Two records in one day!" And it will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles (24 million kilometres) of the solar surface. Perihelion is expected at about 10:28 p.m. EST on November 5. Solar storms can affect communications and power systems on our planet.

Since its launch on August 12 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the probe has passed Venus and is heading closer to 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 goal of the Parker probe is to study the effect of the sun on the surface of the Earth".

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While Parker approached the Sun at a distance of about the accounting period by 40.23 million kilometers. Recently, astronomers have revealed the first photo of the Sun from a space probe.

The Parker Solar Probe is the first NASA aircraft to be named after a living astrophysicist; 91-year-old Eugene Parker, who proposed the notion of solar wind.

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