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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record For Closest Spacecraft To The Sun

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record For Closest Spacecraft To The Sun

The Parker Solar Probe broke the record for closest approach to the sun.

The NASA Parker Solar Probe presently holds the record closest approach to the sun. by a human-made object. The rocket passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface on October 29th, 2018, at about 12:04pm CEDT, as computed by the Parker Solar Probe group. 

The past record for nearest sunlight based methodology was set by the German-American Helios 2 rocket in April 1976. The probe is rushing toward the sun at 150,000 miles-per-hour. 

This is only the beginning.The Parker Solar Probe is required to get inside 3.8 million miles of the sun by 2024. 

NASA launched the Probe in August. It was named after astrophysicist Dr. Eugene Parker, who educates at the University of Chicago. Parker is the main living individual to have a NASA mission named after him. 

“It’s been just 78 days since Parker Solar Probe launched, and we’ve now come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history,” said Project Manager Andy Driesman, from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. “It’s a proud moment for the team, though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on October 31st.”  

Parker Solar Probe's speed and position were calculated utilizing DSN measurements made through October 24th, and the group utilized that data alongside known orbital powers to figure the shuttle's speed and position starting there on. 

These perceptions will add key information to NASA's endeavors to comprehend the Sun, where changing conditions can engender out into the close planetary system, influencing Earth and different universes.

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