NASA Parker Solar Probe Mission Launches to Touch the Sun
Today around 1:00 p.m. IST (at 3:31 a.m. EDT), NASA launched its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The rocket 'Parker Solar Probe' roughly the size of a small car, is named after Eugene Parker, the eminent physicist who first theorized the existence of the solar wind in 1958. This is the first time in the history of NASA, that a mission is named for a living researcher.
Parker Solar Probe Mission throughout its seven-year mission will make 24 total passes by the Sun, journeying steadily closer to the Sun until it makes its closest approach at 3.8 million miles. At this point, the solar probe will be moving at roughly 430,000 miles/hour, setting the record for the fastest-moving object made by humanity.
According to NASA, the first science observations will be transmitted in December this year, which will begin a new revolution in the understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.
NASA has a dedicated program 'Living with a Star' that explore aspects of the Sun-Earth system that directly affect life on the earth and Parker Solar Probe is part of this program. The Living with a Star program is managed by the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
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