Parker Solar Probe prepares for liftoff
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Science News describes the mission of the Parker Solar Probe, which will approach the Sun closer than any other spacecraft in history.
Over the next seven years, the Parker Solar Probe will make its way within 3.9 million miles of the Sun’s surface. This is seven times closer than the current record-holder, the Helios-B Spacecraft.
According to NASA, a primary goal of the mission is to learn more about solar wind, which is one of the least understood events in the solar system. The probe will also investigate why the Sun’s atmosphere is so much hotter than the Sun itself.
The journey will officially begin at 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11th from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Video Credit: NASA Science News