NASA's Parker spacecraft makes first close approach to sun

November 6, 2018 by Marcia Dunn
NASA's Parker spacecraft makes 1st close approach to sun
In this July 6, 2018 file photo, NASA's Parker Solar Probe sits in a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., after the installation of its heat shield. Parker has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff. The spacecraft flew within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the sun's surface Monday night, Nov. 5. Its speed topped 213,000 miles (342,000 kilometers) an hour relative to the sun, as it penetrated the outer solar atmosphere, or corona. No spacecraft has ever gotten so close to our star. (Ed Whitman/NASA via AP, File)

A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff.

The Parker Solar Probe flew within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the sun's surface Monday night. Its speed topped 213,000 mph (342,000 kph) relative to the sun, as it penetrated the outer solar atmosphere, or corona.

No spacecraft has ever gotten so close to our star.

NASA won't re-establish contact until Parker is far enough from the sun to avoid . NASA's Nicola Fox says scientists "can't wait to get the data." The observations could unlock some of the sun's mysteries.

Assuming it survives the harsh solar environment, the spacecraft will make 23 even closer approaches over the next seven years. The next is in April.

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KBK
3.6 / 5 (5) Nov 06, 2018
"Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun"

https://www.youtu...EfmmCA5s
rrwillsj
3.8 / 5 (9) Nov 06, 2018
Huh, and still mo lightning bolts, plasma thundermugs, or even static sparklers?

Ohh, the cultists loons will be so rabid!
Rod-P
5 / 5 (2) Nov 06, 2018
Now we have to wait a week before they start sending data back.
Elmo_McGillicutty
1 / 5 (1) Nov 06, 2018
Did the bending of it's reflection change during the plasma gradient? Was anyone watching?

ForFreeMinds
1 / 5 (3) Nov 07, 2018
Seems to me such research regarding the Sun is more important to humanity than climate models that don't work trying to prove man's effect on temperature of the planet. Consider the many ice ages and warm periods long before we invented the engine. An ice age would be devastating to man's food production, especially in comparison to any harm some minor warming would provide.
rrwillsj
5 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2018
ffm, what part of "too much of a good thing can be bad for you". Do you do not understand?

Wishing the bad news away. Shooting the messengers bringing you bad tidings? Is an exercise in mindless trumpism.

The underlying causes for Climate Change are natural events. The problems piled on top of those normal climate progressions? Are being deliberately caused by human greed & sloppiness.

A mountain landslide is a natural event you might survive. I follow up with dumping a skipload of rocks as you trying to crawl out. Not a natural event. A man-caused aggravation of a natural event.

Are you going to absolve me of responsibility for making your bad situation worse? Cause the way you want to deal with the looming crisis? I would be required to run the skiploader back & forth across your quivering body. To the loud cheers & applause from your denier-shill pals!

You might want to look up "Jagannatha". To understand your suicidal submission to Matricide.

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