Mission Accomplished

Submitted by ub on Sun, 08/12/2018 - 08:22

Well, not yet, but perhaps soon, now that the Parker Solar Probe is a NASA robotic spacecraft en route to probe the outer corona of the Sun. It will approach to within 8.86 solar radii from the "surface" of the Sun and will travel, at closest approach, as fast as 700K km/h.

This one is special because my only grandson is named Parker. Thank God for Natasha, Charles, and NASA - Godspeed Parker.

This is the oldest NASA project on the books will try once again Sunday when the unmanned Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center to the nearest star to the sun.

The NASA spacecraft will explore the sun’s outer atmosphere and make observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work. Coming with a $1.6-billion price tag, the mission aims to improve forecasts of major space weather events that impact life on Earth as well as astronauts in space. Cutting-edge thermal engineering advances will allow the front of the probe's solar shield to endure temperatures approaching 2,500 degrees.

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, our #ParkerSolarProbe spacecraft launched from @NASAKennedy at 3:31 am ET to begin its journey to the Sun and uncover solar mysteries. Details:…

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