Probe Parker approaches the Sun

A NASA Spacecraft Just Broke the Record for Closest Approach to Sun

The Parker Solar Probe is expected to best that today as well, reaching higher speeds at about 10:54 p.m. EDT (0254 GMT on October 30), NASA officials said.

Since its launch on August 12 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the probe has passed Venus and is heading closer to the Sun. As the Parker Solar Probe mission progresses, the spacecraft will repeatedly break its own records, with a final close approach of 3.83 million miles from the Sun's surface expected in 2024.

Parker surpassed the record of 43 million kilometres set by Helios-2 back in 1976.

In a Statement, Parker Solar Probe project Manager, Andy Driesman, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, said that it has just been 78 days to the launch of Parker Solar Probe and we are closer than ever to the Sun.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral on its mission to the Sun. The relatively small, 685kg spacecraft needed to achieve a high speed in order to establish an orbit around the Sun-rather than getting drawn into the star's massive gravity well never to escape.

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Parker is expected to beat the Helios 2 heliocentric speed record (measured with respect to the Sun) on 29 October at about 10:54 pm EDT (2:54 UTC, 30 October).

Parker Solar Probe now holds the record for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object.

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. "This is a significant moment for us, but we continue to focus on the first maximum closer to the Sun, which should begin on 31 October".

The probe's mission will take it through the sun's corona for the first time next week. At perihelion it will be travelling at 95.3 km/s (343,080 km/h; 213,180 mph) around 24.1 million km (14.9 million miles) from the Sun's surface. It will also gather information on the magnetic and electric fields of the sun, and it will sample the corona's particle.

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