Initially called the Solar Probe Plus, NASA has renamed its mission to “touch the sun” to ‘Parker Solar Probe’ in the honor of an astrophysicist Eugene Parker. Eugene Parker is one of the pioneers of who devoted his life to the work of high speed “solar winds”; a torrent of charged particles that flow out of the sun’s atmosphere.
“Nasa has never named a spacecraft after a researcher during their lifetime,” The head of Nasa’s science mission directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen.
We have been to the moon and back many times. Our spaceships have swept the Mars’s orbit in the past and had a taste of other planets too. For the last 60 years, NASA has its eyes all set to land on the Sun and explore the giant ball of energy that keeps our world alive, from a close distance. The Solar Probe Plus Mission was announced back in the year and now finally the long awaited mission is in its final stages and NASA is all ready to touch the sun by the year 2018.
Nasa scientist Nicola Fox comments on the mission as: “I like to call it the coolest, hottest mission under the Sun.”
The spacecraft that is being named after scientist Eugene Parker, is the first of its kind that will be able to travel through the Sun. It’s being carefully designed to swoop up to 4 million miles of the Sun’s surface with temperature enduring strength of 2,500C to protect from the scorching sun temperatures.
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