NASA Spacecraft Breaks Record of Cruising Closest to Sun

NASA Spacecraft Breaks Record of Cruising Closest to Sun

"It's been 78 days since the launch of Solar probe Parker, and now he approached the star closer of all previous spacecraft".

A NASA probe is now closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever gotten, setting a new world record.

When Parker Solar Probe made this image, he was about 43 million miles from Earth.

The space agency said the probe was well on its way to break the 153,454 miles per hour milestone set by the Helios 2 in April 1976.

The probe is also expected to break the record for fastest spacecraft travelling relative to the sun. After that, the probe will burn up in the sunlight.

Parker Solar Probe - jointly operated by NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - went past the record at 2:54 a.m. GMT on Tuesday 30 October (10:54 p.m. Monday 29 October EDT).

The $1.5 billion mission will take humanity closer to the Sun than ever before. Dries man also said that it is a very proud moment for the whole team, but they are focused on their first solar encounter on October 31.

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Its final close approach - coming just 3.83 million miles from the Sun's surface - is expected in 2024, NASA said.

"The previous record for closest solar approach was set by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976".

"It's a bit like if you walked away from a campfire and suddenly got much hotter", Fox said. Breaking this, NASA's Parker Solar Probe made way inside that distance crossing the threshold at about 1704 GMT.

Each of these assists will see the probe use Venus' gravitational pull to drain some more of its orbital energy.

Presumably, in the next seven years, the satellite must change around the Sun a few orbits.

To withstand the heat of almost 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, the probe is protected by a special 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield.

The craft will seek to unlock some of mysteries about our Sun's behavior by sampling the corona, the birthplace of solar flares and other violent events, and get a better understanding of how solar winds are formed.

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