NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun's glittering crown

NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun's glittering crown

NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun's glittering crown

This will be within 6 million kilometres of the sun's surface, closer than any other spacecraft has been before.

Scientists have had to take great care to make sure that the Parker Solar Probe doesn't burn up in the process of conducting its important science.

Scientists have wanted to build a spacecraft like this for more than 60 years, but only in recent years did the heat shield technology advance enough to be capable of protecting sensitive instruments, according to Fox.

Its mission is to help scientists unlock the mysteries of the sun's atmosphere and answer questions like why its corona, the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere, is hotter than its surface.

"There are missions that are studying the solar wind, but we're going to get to the birthplace", Fox said.

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The Sun may be granting us life but it also has the power to play havoc with spacecraft in orbit, and communications and electronics on Earth.

Parker, now retired from the University of Chicago, spent his career trying to understand the sun and the ways it affects the solar system.

This is the first NASA spacecraft to be named after someone still alive.

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket is providing the muscle.

Nasa says the TPS has been tested to withstand up to 1,650C temperatures and "can handle any heat the sun can send its way". Among other things, the spacecraft will carry a microchip with more than a million names on it.

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The spacecraft holds photos of Parker as well as a copy of his 1958 research paper on what he termed solar wind. The first Venus flyby is in October, followed by the first dip into the sun's corona in November.

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The Parker probe's final three orbits - in 2024 and 2025 - will be the closest.

The probe, named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Newman Parker, is set to use seven Venus fly-bys over almost seven years to steadily reduce its orbit around the Sun, using instruments created to image the solar wind and study electric and magnetic fields, coronal plasma and energetic particles.

"And last but not least, we have a white light imager that is taking images of the atmosphere right in front of the Sun".

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