NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the fastest spacecraft in history, launched on Sunday, is on a mission to study the Sun at closer range than any other spacecraft. NASA's record-breaking spacecraft took off on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Extreme Exploration: Parker Solar Probe will perform its scientific investigations in a hazardous region of intense heat and solar radiation. The event was streamed live on NASA television and the website. Parker Solar Probe has begun its journey to the Sun's atmosphere, also called corona, to study an area which is previously seen only through eclipses.
Parker Solar Probe will be facing a lot of heat and radiation and will be absorbing temperatures as high as 2500 degree Fahrenheit.
Getting to the Sun is quite a hard task not only because it's a sphere of hot plasma, with an internal convective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process but also because our home planet moves sideways compared to the Sun at about 67,000 miles an hour, stated NASA. This solar probe, named after solar physicist Dr. Eugene Parker, is supposed to get closer to the Sun than any other man-made vehicle ever. In addition, the probe is created to automatically face its heat shield in the proper direction, and it also packs a radiator-based cooling system.
NASA informed that mission will trace how energy moves through the solar corona and explore what accelerates the solar wind and solar energetic particles, enabling critical contributions to our ability to forecast changes in Earth's space environment that impact life and technology on Earth.
This mission to the sun became more urgent when, less than one year ago, a massive solar storm interfered with communication about Hurricane Irma as the massive system bared down on the Virgin Islands.
A space scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that in the next 10 days after the flare, space weather and earth weather aligned to heighten an already tense situation in the Caribbean.