Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Facts about Parker Solar Probe

Q: Which spacecraft reached closest to the sun?
A: Parker solar probe reached closest to the sun than any man-made object has ever been.

The spacecraft, launched on August 12, is on an unprecedented mission to explore the sun’s atmosphere.

A German-American spacecraft had reached within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface in April 1976 to set the previous record. The Parker Solar Probe passed the record at about 10.34 pm Indian time on Monday, NASA said.

The spacecraft will move even closer and is expected to be within 3.83 million miles of the Sun’s surface in 2024.

The unmanned spacecraft is named after solar physicist Eugene Parker, who first described solar wind in 1958. It is the first NASA mission to be named after a living individual. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion (Rs 10,364 crore), it will fly into the sun’s outer orbit, known as the corona.

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