For more than awhile since the last hearing of the Sunshine Parker, the NASA spacecraft is likely to end up as a cracked piece of molten metal. The update from the space agency suggests that now all systems go to the probe-bound probe, which recently launched its second of the 24 planned star-shaped orbits.
Parker's solar probe completed its first orbital journey around the Sun, reaching its point of affection, that is, the furthest orbital distance of our star, on January 19, 2019, NASA announced. He goes back to his goal, with the probe he is expected to reach his next perihel, the closest point to the Sun along the orbital path, on April 4, 2019.
Sunshine Parker has reached this milestone milestone for 161 days in the mission, and it seems that everything is going out to date.
"It was an enlightening and fascinating first orbit," said Andy Drisman, project manager for parking solar probes, in a statement. "We have learned a lot about how the spacecraft works and reacts to the solar environment, and I am proud to say that the team's projections are very accurate."
The probe is currently transmitting Earth's data through Deep Space Network NASA, a series of radio antennas on Earth, and deployed devices designed to support missions on spacecraft. To date, the probe transmits 17 gigabytes of precious scientific data back to Earth, NASA says, but it will not be until April that the entire contents of her first stay around the Sun will be returned home. The spacecraft collects unprecedented data with its toolkit-data that will help scientists learn more about the corona of the Sun and how star-studded material and particles produced by the star move through the universe at high speeds.
Project scientist Nur Raoufi said that the data gathered so far have indicated "many new things that we have not seen before and with potential new discoveries." He said in a statement, "Parker Solar Probe" made a statement about the promise of the mission revealing the secrets of our Sun. "
Another important milestone came weeks before the affair, when Parker entered his full operational status, or Phase E, the New Year. All probe systems are now online and function according to specifications, NASA announced.
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Parker's team can now place their sites on the April Pericles, when the probe moves from the Sun at a distance of 24.1 million kilometers, which will set a new record for a human-built object. On October 29, 2018, Parker set the proximity record when it comes to 42.7 million kilometers (26.5 million miles) of the Sun's surface, destroying the old record from the Helios 2. The nearest probe distance is expected in June 2025, when it will be about 6.16 million kilometers from the Sun. In that vicinity, Parker will take only about 88 days to make a complete orbit around the star, and travels approximately 430,000 miles per hour – fast enough to reach Philadelphia to Washington, DC in a second.
As part of preparations for the April Perrier, mission controllers are storing storage space by deleting files that are already being transmitted to Earth and sending updated positioning and navigation information, including an automated command that should keep the investigation busy for about a month.
Christmas on your second trip around the Sun, Parker Probe![NASA]