Although we see the Sun every day and we feel its heat and energy, we still have a lot to learn about this miraculous celestial object. Not only that it supports all life forms on Earth, but it’s assuring the orbits of seven other planets, several dwarf planets, an asteroid belt, and numerous natural satellites including our moon.
The space probe Parker has been sent near the Sun so that it will gather some new info about our star. Now it has the first data and it gladly brings it to the public.
The probe is within 23 million miles close to the Sun
The distance of 23 million miles (or 37 million kilometers) may sound like a vast distance, but at an astronomical scale it means practically nothing. The Parker probe has been launched a year ago, in August 2018. Its mission lasts for seven years, and the goals are studying the stream of highly charged plasma leaving the sun (called the solar wind), and the outer atmosphere (called the corona).
Nour E. Raouafi, Parker Solar Probe project scientist, stated:
Parker Solar Probe is crossing new frontiers of space exploration, giving us so much new information about the sun,
Releasing this data to the public will allow them not only to contribute to the success of the mission along with the scientific community, but also to raise the opportunity for new discoveries to the next level.
The Parker Solar Probe had until now two flybys: on Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 2018, and on March 30-April 19, 2019. After the second flyby, the engineers were able to send home a bigger amount of data from the spacecraft.
According to a statement released by NASA itself, we’ll have to wait a bit more for the first full scientific results. The first full conclusions from the mission will be published until the end of the current year.