The National Aeronautics and Space Administration abbreviated as NASA is known to everyone. The American space agency till now launched numerous missions to space. Even if a person doesn’t know much about NASA, still the Apollo missions and human stepping on the moon is known to everybody.
After exploring the moon, and different planets like Mars, now NASA has decided to take a tour of to the sun. NASA with the coordination of ULA (United Launch Alliance) launches a mission to the sun. The mission is named Solar Parker Probe and was launched on last Sunday.
The space for mission Solar Parker Probe is just the same as the size of a car. The spacecraft lifted off at 3:31 a.m. EDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. While monitoring its take off from the earth atmosphere the spacecraft was healthy.
The mission operations manager reported at 5:33 a.m, that the spacecraft was healthy and operating normally. This mission will help researchers improve their forecasts of space weather events because those changes in weather can damage satellites and harm astronauts on orbit, disrupt radio communications and, at their most severe, overwhelm power grids.
The mission to touch the sun:
During the first week of the tour, the Parker Solar Probe would activate and test the equipment. More specifically its high-gain antenna and magnetometer boom. It also will deploy its electric field antennas. Other instruments testing will begin in early September and last approximately four weeks, after which the spacecraft can begin science operations. This is a seven years science mission by Parker Solar Probe.
In the next two months, the spacecraft will make its trip to Venus. On this trip, it will perform the first Venus gravity assist. In this seven years mission, Parker Solar Probe will make six more Venus flybys. As well as 24 total passes by the Sun. It will flyby steadily closer to the Sun until it makes its closest approach at 3.8 million miles. At this point, the probe will be moving at roughly 430,000 miles per hour, setting the record for the fastest-moving object in space by humans.
This will be a mission to touch the sun. For the first time in history, humans will touch the sun. It will be a revolution if this mission succeeds.