NASA’s Parker Solar probe flew through Venus just on the way to the Sun: Parker Solar Investigations met only neighbors NASA’s mission to “touch the sun” is also happening near its solar destination of the early hours of Wednesday morning to complete its first Venus gravity support.
NASA’s Parker Solar probe flew through Venus just on the way to the Sun
On August 12, Parker Probe exploded from Earth on a mission to know more about the solar wind and the Sun’s atmosphere, which is called the Corona. However, to get enough proximity to study the plasma of fire around the sun, the probe needs to adjust its trajectory – and that is where Venus comes.
By slingshots near our closest planet neighbor, Parker Probe will tighten its orbit around the Sun; ultimately it will come within the star’s 3.83 million miles (6.16 million kilometers), which is compared to the Sun is close.
On the mission spanning six years and 11 months, the space shuttle will flyby seven veins gravitational support, and keep the sun in orbit 24 times, will close closer to each slingshot (a state-of-the-art heat shield will help save it on the way).
During that time, according to NASA, “Spacecraft will be near enough to see solar wind speed from subsonic to supersonic to the Sun, and this highest energy will fly from the birthplace of solar particles.”
Mission’s goal? Parker Probe is ready to give scientists a better understanding of the solar corona heating and the evolution of solar wind to better understand the events of space, which can damage the astronauts in space and even on Earth. There is also the effect (like knocking out the power grid).
Parker Solar Testing will reach its first perihelion (at that point where the spacecraft is closest to the sun in its orbit) on November 5 at 10:27 pm ET Set Your Clocks!