NASA is all set for a mission which could revolutionize the way of understanding Sun. Parkers solar probe is at its final stage and is expected to be launched this August. The interplanetary spacecraft recently received its heat shield and is soon going to become the first ever spacecraft to enter sun’s corona.
The probe will be within four million miles of the surface and will interact with the corona to collect unprecedented data. The temperature at the destination is expected to reach nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit but the instruments inside will enjoy just 85 degrees if the heat shield works successfully.
The mission is mainly focused on figuring out the interaction of the solar wind with Earth’s magnetic field which is the main cause of auroras and geomagnetic storms which mess with our power grid and satellites. Parker solar probe will be launched in deep space from Cape Canaveral, Florida with the help of Delta IV Heavy rocket, made by United Launch Alliance. The spacecraft will use Venus’ gravitational pull to shrink its orbit and will take nearly take 7 years to reach the destination. By the time spacecraft reaches its destined orbit it will gain velocity of around 200kmss, making it the fastest man-made object in outer space.