NASA To Fly First Spacecraft To The Sun Next Year

Sun, the closest star to the earth, will finally meet the closest visitor ever. After so many debates, the first craft to fly to the nearest to the sun, will be launched, as quoted by NASA. They have finally announced their first mission to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere. Would various Questions about the Sun be finally answered?


Of all the bodies in our solar system, the sun is probably the one we want to give the widest berth. It gushes radiation, and even though its surface is the coolest part of the star, it burns at about 9,940°F, hot enough to incinerate just about any material. The sun is about 93 million miles away from Earth, and if we think of that distance as a football field, a person starting at one end zone could get about 95 yards before burning up.

The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018. The most talked about craft currently- initially called the Solar Probe Plus -was renamed the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker.

The probe will reach a speed of 450,000 mph around the sun. And for the craft to reach there, it will take approximately 7 years.

It will go further than mercury ‘s distance to the sun. The craft is designed in a way, it can withstand sun’s heat. When closest to the sun, the probe’s 4½-inch-thick carbon-composite solar shields will have to withstand temperatures close to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Which can burn a normal person in less than a second and turn into dust. Due to its design, the inside of the spacecraft and its instruments will remain at a comfortable room temperature.

So, the mission’s objectives is precisely to observe the Sun in detail, “tracing the flow of energy that heats and accelerates the sun’s corona and solar wind, determining the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind and explore mechanisms that accelerate and transport energetic particles.”

This mission is scheduled to end in June 2025.