Nasa spacecraft breaks the record for coming closest to Sun: Tampa: The American Space Agency announced on Monday that NASA’s Parker Solar Investigation, which was launched earlier this year, has established a new record to become the closest human-made object of the Sun.
A NASA statement said, “spacecraft has passed the current record of 42.73 million km from Suraj’s surface on October 29 at 1.04 pm EDT (1704 GMT).”
“The last record for the closest solar approach was established by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976.”
The US $ 1.5 billion uncrewed spacecraft launched in August on strategic missions to protect Earth by unveiling the secrets of dangerous solar storms.
Its goal is to create a series of 24 flybys behind our skating star.
Parker has another record for solar testing.
NASA said, “SpaceShip” is expected to break records of the fastest space shuttle record on October 29 at 10.54 AM ETT (Tuesday 0254 GMT) relative to the sun.
“The current record for heliocentric speed is 246, 9 60 kilometers per hour, which was determined by Helios II in April 1976.”
Parker’s first close encounter with Sun is scheduled for October 31.
NASA said that its last close approach – just 3.83 million miles from the surface of the Sunn – is expected in 2024. – AFP