And the probe named for Parker - first launched in August 2018 - is collecting data on solar activity in order to help scientists predict space-weather events that will impact humans.
However, on 29 October the new probe sent by NASA is expected to overcome the Helios 2 heliocentric speed record, at the time 10:54 pm EDT. NASA officials also expect the probe to surpass the fastest speed relative to the Sun record that Helios-2 also set at 153,454 miles per hour.
"It's only been 78 days since the launch of the Parker Solar Probe, and we approached our star closer than any other spacecraft in history, said project Manager Andy Driesman of the applied physics laboratory of Johns Hopkins in Maryland". Parker Solar Probe's speed and position were calculated using DSN measurements made on October 24, and the team used that information along with known orbital forces to calculate the spacecraft's speed and position from that point on.At its current distance to the Sun, the probe requires 150 days to make a complete orbit. "It's a proud moment for the team, though we remain focused on our first solar encounter."NASA Sun & Space on Twitter "Two records in one day!"
This solar encounter encompasses the first perihelion of the mission, the point at which Parker Solar Probe is closest to the Sun. Over the next six years, the probe's orbital length will gradually shrink, allowing it to get closer to the Sun. Solar storms can affect communications and power systems on our planet.
An artist's sketch of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun. Wayne has a flair for gathering data and information through extensive research efforts and has a strong set of skills to cover nearly any domain easily and produce reports that are easy to understand and aid in making well-informed decisions.
That's a speed that totally blows the Helios 2 probe out of the water, but the Parker spacecraft is really just getting started. It'll eventually travel within four million miles of the star, where it'll face "brutal heat and radiation conditions while providing humanity with unprecedentedly close-up observations of a star and helping us understand phenomena that have puzzled scientists for decades", according to NASA.