NASA’s first mission to the Sun
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard breaks down the first-ever space mission to touch the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe.
The probe has been designed to withstand the immense heat and radiation generated by the Sun’s corona – up to one million degrees Fahrenheit – as it makes it approach within four million miles of the Sun’s surface.
Scientists will be able to collect data on the density and the magnetic field of the solar material that surrounds the Sun, providing insight into other stars as well.
Eugene Parker, a professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, is the first living scientist to ever have a NASA mission named after him.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard