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Solprobe “living” after being closest to ever to Sun: NASA

By: IANS | Washington |Published: November 10, 2018 8:00:53

By: IANS | Washington |

Published: November 10, 2018 8:00:53

 Spacecraft, Astronomy, Space Plasma, External Space, Light Sources, Plasma Physics, Parker Solar Probe, NASA, Sun, Field, Solvind, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Science Mission, Washington, Radiation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration [19659004]Parker Solar Probes started the first solar phase on October 31st, and the spacecraft continues to collect scientific data by the end of the solar phase on November 11th. (Image: NASA) </span></p> <p> Parker Solar Probe, NASA's historical mission to solve the sun's mysteries, lives well after skimming the sun in just 15 million miles from its surface. This is far closer than anything spacecraft has ever gone – the previous record was determined by Helios B 1976 and broken by Parker on October 29th – and this maneuver has exposed the spacecraft for intense heat and solar radiation in a complex solar wind environment, NASA said in a statement on Thursday. </p> <p> On November 5, the spacecraft made the closest approach, called perihelion. Parker Solar Probe achieved a top speed of 213,200 miles per hour and introduced a new record for spacecraft speed. At this distance, the intense sunlight heated the sunny side of the Probe heat shield, called the Thermal Protection System, to about 820 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will climb to 2500 Fahrenheit, as spacecraft is approaching the sun, NASA said. </p> <p><!-- End of Brightcove Player --></p><div><script async src=

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