According to recent reports from scientific institution, NASA is get closer to the sun using a solar probe which was designed for viewing the sun at close range.
He added that he is "impressed" by the Parker Solar Probe, calling it "a very complex machine". Watch live in the player above. "This rocket, in the span of just a few minutes, less than an hour, will send the spacecraft on its mission out to the Sun to literally fly through the corona - an absolutely fantastic technological feat".
The sun might be a sitting target, relative to Earth, but Earth is orbiting the sun at about 67,000 miles an hour. But this sun-bound probe will be counting on the pull from Venus to slow it down even more.
At Parker Solar Probe's closest approach to the Sun, temperatures on the heat shield will reach almost 1,371 degrees Celsius, but the spacecraft and its instruments will be kept at a relatively comfortable temperature of about 29.4 degrees Celsius.
During its nominal mission lifetime of just under seven years, Parker Solar Probe will complete 24 orbits of the Sun - reaching within 3.8 million miles of the Sun's surface at closest approach. In space terms, that's practically shaking hands.
The probe is protected by an ultra-powerful heat shield that is just 4.5 inches thick (11.43 centimeters).
It's created to take solar punishment like never before, thanks to its revolutionary heat shield that's capable of withstanding 1,370 degrees Celsius. So we'll launch from from Kennedy on Saturday (August 11) morning on our attractive Delta 4 Heavy.
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The spacecraft's path to the sun runs past Venus. It's NASA's long-planned attempt to "Touch the Sun" and the probe will get far closer to our host star than any man-made object ever has.
The probe is expected to take flight atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, ironically launching to the sun in the dead of night from Cape Canaveral Florida. The temperatures at the surface of the shield will climb up to 1370 ° C. This heat comes from the radiation of the nearby Sun, whose surface reaches 5500 ° C. Betsy Congdon is confident; 'in our tests, we showed what [the probe] was made of'. As reported by the Inquisitr, Dr. Parker was the first one to postulate the existence of solar wind in 1958.
These radioactive storms are so powerful they are able to knock out satellites, disrupt services such as communications and Global Positioning System, threaten aircraft and in even interfere with electricity supplies.
Also on board: more than 1 million names of space fans submitted to NASA this past spring.
Three months later, Parker Solar Probe will reach its first close approach of the Sun in November 2018, and will send the data back in December.
"What this mission is going to be able do is pin down exactly what the structure close to the sun is - the overall structure". "The solar corona is one of the last places in the solar system where no spacecraft has visited before".