Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Send Your Name to the Sun - Parker Solar Probe

Send Your Name to the Sun - Parker Solar Probe

The space agency is offering enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in the mission as well, giving you the opportunity to send your name to the sun. "This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades", Mr. Zurbuchen said. These names will be included on a memory card that The Parker Solar Probe will carry on its mission to the center of our solar system.

If you are convinced with Shatner's ways, you can get your name on that chip for free by visiting the NASA "Hot Ticket" site through April 27.

The probe will arrive some 4 million miles from the sun's surface. The essential science objectives for the mission are to follow how vitality and warmth travel through the sunlight based crown and to investigate what quickens the sun oriented breeze and also sun powered vivacious particles.

The super-fast spacecraft will blast into the sun's atmosphere at a speed of around 430,000 miles per hour - that's fast enough to get from Washington Tokyo in under a minute. That is sufficiently quick to get from Washington, DC, to Tokyo in less than a moment, NASA said. It will orbit the star at a distance of just under 4 million miles, and it will have to endure temperatures of nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that, the Sun has both the potential to sustain and destroy like on Earth, the importance of this mission is well justified.

To perform its investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the sun's heat by a 4.5-inch-thick (11.4 cm) carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach almost 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371 degrees C).

The Sun is roughly 93 million miles away from Earth, and to get the probe to its desired destination, NASA has selected the second most powerful and among the most reliable rockets now in the human arsenal: the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy.

Studying the effects of the Sun on Space and the planetary system is known as heliophysics. In the 1950s, Parker proposed various ideas about how stars - including our Sun - radiate vitality. Many NASA missions have continued to focus on this complex space environment defined by our star. "The first-ever spacecraft to the sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe, will launch this year on a course to orbit through the heat of our star's corona, where temperatures are greater than 1 million degrees", Shatner said in a new NASA video about this public-outreach effort. Hence, through this car-sized Parker Solar Probe, Scientists want to explore the Sun and decode its mysteries.

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