The spacecraft crashed through the unexplored solar atmosphere known as the corona of the Sun. It came through an extreme environment that is about 2 million degrees Fahrenheit.
An artist’s rendering of the Parker Solar Probe is approaching the Sun. AP
A spacecraft launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has achieved a feat that was once considered impossible.
The rocket ship, called the Parker Solar Probe, has officially “touched” the Sun. Yes, you read that right. The spacecraft crashed through the unexplored solar atmosphere known as the corona of the Sun. It came through an extreme environment that is about 2 million degrees Fahrenheit.
Following a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, experienced scientists published this announcement on Tuesday (December 14). They noticed that Parker flew through the corona in April, this year, as the spacecraft approached the sun for eighth.
To further clarify the same, scientists claimed that it took them a few months to get the data back, while several more months to confirm it. Meanwhile, project researcher Nour Raouafi of Johns Hopkins University claimed it was “fascinatingly exciting.”
☀️ Our #ParkerSolarProbe have touched the Sun!
For the first time in history, a spacecraft has flown through the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. Here’s what it means: https://t.co/JOPdn7GTcv
– NASA (@NASA) December 14, 2021
What is the Parker Solar Probe about?
On April 28, the Parker successfully entered and flew through the upper atmosphere of the sun. Not only that, it also tested particles and magnetic fields located on the Sun’s surface. By collecting particles from the Sun’s atmosphere, the spacecraft has also helped scientists verify the target of the rocket ship that it actually crossed into the corona.
Is the Parker Solar Probe successful?
According to the data received and collected by the spacecraft, it had entered the corona three times on April 28 and at one point for up to five hours. In addition, a detailed report on it describes the historical milestone published in Physical Review Letters. Also, the astrophysicist from the Center for Astrophysics (CfA) explained how the Solar Probe Cup did an incredible feat.
How far is the Parker solar probe now?
Scientists were unsure exactly where the critical surface Alfvén lay in the Sun. With recent reports and photos, the Parker Solar Probe had flown beyond Alfvén’s critical surface before April 28, 2021, during its eighth flight past the Sun. The spacecraft then meets the particles and the specific magnetic conditions at 18.8 solar radii, which is approximately 8.1 million miles above the solar surface.
Recent updates claim that the Parker had crossed Alfvén’s critical surface and finally entered the solar atmosphere.
Will the Parker Solar Probe burn up?
Park the sun probe will not melt or burn up because it is designed to withstand any extreme state and temperature of the mission. In addition, the spacecraft’s custom heat shield will help and protect the mission from the sun’s intense light emission. Nor will it allow the coronal material to “touch” the spacecraft.