The NASA record close to the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sets Record for Closest Approach to Sun

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Yet, the spacecraft is gradually shrinking its orbit around the sun, with the final objective being 3.83 million miles (6.16 million km) from the surface.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe, mankind's first mission to "touch" the Sun, has set a new record for closest approach to the sun by a human-made object, the US space agency announced.

The previous record belongs to the spacecraft Helios 2, which was jointly developed by Germany and the USA.

29 Oct 2018 spacecraft, which was launched to study solar phenomena, was so close to the star that broke the record for the closest approach to the sun, according to NASA. "This is a significant moment for us, but we continue to focus on the first maximum closer to the Sun, which should begin on 31 October".

Also Parker Solar Probe set the record relative to the Sun - more 246,960 km/ is Expected that by 2024, the probe reaches the speed of approximately 692 000 km/h.

These observations will add key knowledge to NASA's efforts to understand the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds, it said.

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"The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles (42.73 million kilometers) from the Sun's surface on October 29, 2018, at about 1:04 pm EDT (1704 GMT)", said a NASA statement.

Parker's first close encounter with the Sun is scheduled for October 31.

The spacecraft is carrying a number of state-of-the-art instruments, allowing NASA scientists to collect vital data in order to answer fundamental questions about the Earth's closest star.

This week, the probe will get 15 million miles away from the sun. And even though the solar wind is invisible, we can see it encircling the poles as the aurora, which are lovely - but reveal the enormous amount of energy and particles that cascade into our atmosphere.

In addition, in the coming days, the probe should set another record, becoming the fastest ship in the history of space exploration.

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