NASA’s Parker Solar Probe ‘touches’ the sun for the 1st time ever

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NASA's Parker Solar Probe 'touches' the sun for the 1st time ever
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe ‘touches’ the sun for the 1st time ever. Parker is travelling at more than 100 kilometres per second.

NASA has made history as the Parker spacecraft officially ‘touched’ the sun. On December 14, NASA confirmed that Parker had made its way through the sun’s corona. NASA scientists have been eagerly awaiting data to confirm that the spacecraft had “touched” the sun. The historic event happened in April but it has taken months for the data to return from the spacecraft due to the distance.

NASA commented: “For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there.”

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Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate commented on the milestone moment. He said: ‘Parker Solar Probe ‘touching the Sun’ is a monumental moment for solar science and a truly remarkable feat,’

‘Not only does this milestone provide us with deeper insights into our Sun’s evolution and (its) impacts on our solar system, but everything we learn about our own star also teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe.’

Parker was launched in 2018 and is named after astrophysicist Eugene Parker.



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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