On Monday, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency announced that the Parker spacecraft broke the record for the closest ever approach to the Sun by any human-made object.
In the next seven years Parker Solar Probe will beat your own records and will be 6.16 million kilometers from the sun. "The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface on October 29, 2018, at about 1:04 p.m. EDT", said the official update from NASA.
The spacecraft has beaten the previous record set by the German-American Helios 2 that made its approach in April 1976.
It is expected that in 2024, probe Parker will approach the Sun at a distance of about 5 million km.
"It's been just 78 days since the mission was launched, and we've now come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history", said Andy Driesman, project manager, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. At perihelion, Parker Solar Probe will fly through material at about 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit - but because material in this region is so tenuous, it doesn't influence the temperature of the spacecraft. NASA said, "So far 153,454 miles per hour was the record of Heliocentric speed, which Helios achieved in April 1976".
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"It's a proud moment for the team, though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on October 31". And it will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the solar surface.
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.
The team periodically measures the spacecraft's precise speed and position using NASA's Deep Space Network, or DSN.
It is scheduled to reach its first perihelion on November 5 at 10 p.m. EST. If Parker Solar Probe can do this, this could be the biggest achievement of science in the world. It was released so that it can be found to find out what things affect the earth in the solar system. Recently, astronomers have revealed the first photo of the Sun from a space probe. According to NASA, the plucky Parker Solar (spacecraft) is closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has done before.