Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

NASA to take people's names to the sun

NASA wants to send your name to Sun, gives hot ticket of its first mission to touch the star Send Your Name To The Sun On An Upcoming NASA Mission
Sandy Nunez | 08 March, 2018, 23:25

NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission - scheduled to launch in summer 2018 - will travel through the sun's atmosphere and get closer to the solar surface than any spacecraft before it. He called this cascade of energy the solar wind, and he described an entire complex system of plasmas, magnetic fields and energetic particles that make up this phenomenon.

The US space organization on Tuesday said it would acknowledge entries until April 27, 2018. Recently, its name has been changed to Parker Solar Probe from its previous name Solar Probe Plus to honor the Emeritus Professor Eugene Parker who serves as an astrophysicist at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago. NASA points out that, that's fast enough to travel between Washington D.C. and Tokyo in less than a minute.

Artist rendering of Parker Solar Probe on close approach to the Sun. Nicola Fox, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, is the mission project scientist. "This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand".

Through the course of its almost seven-year mission, Parker Solar Probe will make a series of orbits around Venus, Earth's sister planet.

There's a spacecraft heading to the sun with your name on it. Image via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

NASA wants to store your name on a microchip and hurl it toward the sun aboard its Parker Solar Probe, which will depart on a historic mission to Earth's favorite star.

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To play out these remarkable examinations, the rocket and instruments will be shielded from the Sun's warmth by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which should withstand temperatures outside the shuttle that achieve nearly 2,500 F. This cutting edge warm shield will keep the four instrument suites meant to examine attractive fields, plasma and vivacious particles, and picture the sun oriented breeze at room temperature. This heat shield will keep the four instrument suites created to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind, at room temperature.

Thomas Zurbuchen is the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

"The solar probe is going to a region of space that has never been explored before", Parker said in a past news release from the space agency.

Costing $1.5 billion dollars to build, launch and operate, Parker Solar Probe also aims to answer one of the most perplexing questions about the Sun: Why is the corona, the area immediately surrounding it, hotter than its surface?

The only thing that is required to send your name is a request for a name and email address.


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