NASA to send spacecraft closer to the Sun than ever before – Research Snipers

NASA to send spacecraft closer to the Sun than ever before

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has planned to send a spacecraft closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has traveled before.

NASA is sending a spacecraft much closer to the Sun to study the atmosphere of the outermost part of the Sun in a better way.

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NASA said that the Parker Solar Probe will be launched from Cape Canaveral in US State Florida on 11th of the August. The spacecraft will be launched on a seven-year mission.

The robotic spacecraft is a size of a small car and it will steadily reduce its distance from the Sun during the time period of its mission. The closest point of the spacecraft to fly in the corona of the Sun is almost 6.1 million kilometer from the surface of the solar.

It might be very strange to hear but in reality, this will be the closest point than any other spacecraft has ever traveled before in the history.

The previous closest point near to the Sun where any spacecraft has ever traveled is 43 million kilometer. This distance was covered by a probe called Helios 2 in 1976. It is pertinent to mention here that the average distance from the Sun to the Earth is 150 million kilometers.

NASA said that the aim to start his mission is to analyze the solar wind— which hurtle from the Sun into space— in a better way.