A camera aboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured these photographs that look back to earth – the bright circle in the right-hand image – September 25, 2018.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will never return to Earth ̵
1; but it can still look back where it came [September19659005] On September 25th, the camera aboard the spacecraft launched on August 12th captured a photo of the earth that shines in a field of stars. The camera is called WISPR (Wide Field Imager for Solar Probe) and is actually on board for the spacecraft to be able to photograph the structure of the sun’s upper atmosphere, the corona, when spacecraft approaches – becomes the cosmic equivalent of a dashcam. 19659005] Earth is the bright spot near the center of the right-hand picture. (The arcuate brightness below is just an artifact of how image processing technology designed to work inside the sun’s atmosphere responds to an individual, especially bright spot, according to a NASA statement.)
The above image zoomes onto the ground to reveal a lump on the right side of the planet – which marks the moon.
Credit: NASA / Naval Research Laboratory / Parker Solar Probe
But there is another secret hidden in the image. The scientists behind the mission zoomed into the ground and discovered a strange bolt on the right side of the planet in the picture. But the earth is not really bad: The lump happens to be the edge of the moon, visible behind our planet.
When Parker Solar Probe captured this image, it was approximately 27 million miles from the ground. Since then, it has continued its rapid journey towards the sun, thanks to a ban alignment created by flying from Venus for the first of seven times.
The $ 1.5 billion spacecraft begins a seven-year mission to study the sun in greater detail than ever before, with scientists hoping that the project will help them understand the incredibly hot coronary and how the wind of the sun, a river of loaded particles flowing from the sun are formed. The mission is due to complete their first solar fly on November 5th.