The sun is one of the greatest things in our galaxy. The chemicals it produce impacts our world in so many different levels that we have yet to fully understand.
Inasmuch as we can travel to space and explore planets or the moon, we have yet to witness an even greater feat to understanding our ball of fire through a new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission: the Parker Solar Probe.
Basically, this project aims to study a star up close in order to gather information on the extent of its effect on Earth’s weather and technology.
As the sun is the only star that is possible to study, NASA in its Living With a Start Program, aimed to send a rocket up to 3.9 miles into the sun which will mainly use Mercury’s orbit to do so.
By observing how the corona evolves from subsonic to supersonic, this project would be able to get more information regarding solarwinds that will help us make better predictions about the weather and develop superior satellites.
Moreover, the rocket is built with 4.5 inch thick carbon composite shield to stand the sun’s temperature of 2,500F.
This highly anticipated first ever journey to the sun is expected to take off between July 31 – August 19, 2017.
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