Recall that the Parker probe Solar Probe the size of a vehicle and cost $1.5 billion launched on a rocket Delta IV Heavy from Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida in August 2018.
Now, we have realized humanity's first close visit to our star, which will have implications not just here on Earth, but for a deeper understanding of our universe.' NASA knows what kind of intense environment the probe has to deal with as it cruises around the Sun, and it has designed it to be able to withstand incredible temperatures. The final and closest approach from the Sun's surface is expected in 2024. The spacecraft is officially the only human-made object to get within 15 million miles of our star, a record previously set by the Helios B back in 1976.
What is NASA's Parker Solar Probe? The other three beacons indicate something is wrong with the probe or one of its systems.
"Parker Solar Probe was created to take care of itself and its precious payload during this close approach, with no control from us on Earth - and now we know it succeeded", said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
Nasa has has even bigger plans - 23 trip over the next seven years. which should go even closer to the surface and break even more records.
"[The] Parker Solar Probe reached a top speed of 213,200 miles per hour, setting a new record for spacecraft speed", NASA said. That is the fastest that any man-made craft has ever traveled. Each orbit closer to the Sun will result in the probe breaking its own previous record.
The PSP has a heat shield that it is programmed to keep oriented toward the sun. For its first pass, NASA says the probe experienced temperatures around 820 degrees Fahrenheit.
The first phase of convergence will end on 11 November and a few weeks later, the probe will transmit to Earth science data.
Using data whose transmission between the earth and the probe takes about 30 minutes, the researchers seek to better understand space weather, such as solar winds. The space agency won't re-establish communications with the spacecraft until it is far enough from the sun to avoid radio interference.