How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun | NYT – Out There
set the controls for the heart of the Sun in the summer of 2018 but Parker solar probe will lift off from Earth it will spend the next seven year spiraling inward to the center of the solar system Parker probe will be the first spacecraft to touch our star or any star that will brush through the hail of hot gases that form the sun’s outer the corona the surface of the Sun looks Placid to our eyes but it is pierced in Royal by strong magnetic fields the fields trap gas blowing off the Sun and lifted into glowing arcs and streamers scientist don’t understand how the corona works for Wyatt’s hundreds of times hotter than the surface of the Sun the Parker probe is closer to the Sun than any Mission before it to get that close the spacecraft will make 7 flybys of Venus over 7 years gradually tightening it’s elliptical orbit closer and closer to the Sun a high-tech heat shield will protect the probe from the punishing radiation and heat from the crud I was in The Shield Shadow the spacecraft Kinston well operated a comfortable room temperature as the probe passes close to the Sun it will briefly become the fastest machine ever built by humans zipping along at a Brisk 430,000 miles per hour Parker probe is the first NASA spacecraft to me named after a living person Eugene Parker is an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago in 1958 suggested that the sun radiates a constant and intense stream of charged particles be called at the solar wind this wind pushes out, tails and makes the long streamers seen in solar eclipses what’s the Parker solar probe scientist hope to learn more about the sun’s turbulent Corona how to accelerate particles and how it flings huge clouds of fiery gas outboard across space huge waves appetize gas are called coronal mass ejections if Earth gets in the way of one of these storms it could be bad news our planet is protected by its own magnetic field but a direct hit from one of Galloping clouds of particles and radiation could disrupt satellites enforce astronauts in the space station to take shelter in 1859 the powerful storm called the Carrington event producer Roars is 5 the solar storm of that size today could cripple satellites and power grids around the world if successful but Parker probes mission to touch the sun may explain how solar storms form scientist hope it might teach us how to predict coronal Outburst more accurately and learn how to endure them we’ve always depended on the kindness of a star here on a planet riding gentle Fringe barely calculable forces Living With the Stars not easy but we’re learningNASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.
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