NASA's Parker Solar Probe Just Smashed Two Records in a Single Day

Parker Solar Probe breaks speed record, becomes closest spacecraft to sun

Parker Solar Probe breaks speed record, becomes closest spacecraft to sun

Image: NASANASA's historic mission to "touch the Sun" just reached two important milestones: It now holds the record for the closest approach to the Sun by a human-built object-and also the record for the fastest spacecraft ever sent into space.Launched on August 12, 2018, the Parker Solar Probe is now entering into the first stages of its mission.

At 1:04 p.m. EDT Monday, the spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team.

The previous record for closest solar approach was at a distance of 43.432 million km, set by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976.

"It's only been 78 days since the launch of the Parker Solar Probe, and we approached our star closer than any other spacecraft in history, said project Manager Andy Driesman of the applied physics laboratory of Johns Hopkins in Maryland".

NASA reported that the Parker Solar Probe crossed Helios-2's mark on Monday. Again, it broke a record set by Helios 2.

"It's a proud moment for the team", Project Manager Andy Driesman, "though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on October 31". Since them, the probe will make a total of 24 perihelions, moving away from the planet Venus and getting closer to the Sun's corona for the best observations that were ever reported about the Sun.

The spacecraft is carrying a number of state-of-the-art instruments, allowing NASA scientists to collect vital data in order to answer fundamental questions about the Earth's closest star. At about 10:54 p.m. EDT, #ParkerSolarProbe surpassed 153,454 miles per...

The team periodically measures the spacecraft's precise speed and position using NASA's Deep Space Network, or DSN. 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.

Parker will make 24 close approaches to the sun over the next seven years, ultimately coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers).

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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