The record failed to establish January 29.
Space research NASA’s “Parker” (Parker) in 2020 has established two record as the fastest human-made object and a device that flew closest to the Sun, writes “Today”.
And so close that he literally plunged into the atmosphere of our star. However, in addition to his remarkable record, Parker provides valuable data for science.
According to mission control at the applied physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins, the record failed to establish during the next flyby on January 29. The flyby was the fourth approach of the probe to the Sun (perihelion). In the early hours of February 1, a spacecraft the size of a car sent to Earth signal “status And” – the best of four possible signals. In fact, Parker said: “I survived and got no damage.”
Previously, Parker set two records in November of 2018:
The fastest man-made object: 247 000 km/h;
Closest to the Sun the spacecraft: 42,7 million kilometers.
These records were broken on January 29. The new figures were no less impressive:
The fastest man-made object: 044 393 km/h;
Closest to the Sun the spacecraft: 18,6 million kilometres.
Solar probe, launched in August 2018, is designed to withstand the scorching temperatures of the outer atmosphere of the Sun. Protective cover helps spacecraft unraveling some of the mysteries lurking inside the star. Set of four instruments on Board will help scientists understand how the solar corona and solar wind affect the Earth and the rest of the Solar system.
Parker will continue to collect data about the Sun until 2024. With each orbit the spacecraft will get closer and closer to the Sun. Ultimately the probe will reach the minimum of convergence of 7 million kilometers from the stellar surface and burn up in the atmosphere.