Parker Solar Probe

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Parker Solar Probe[1] is a NASA robotic spacecraft heading towards the outer corona of the Sun.[2][3][4] It will reach to within 8.86 solar radii (6.2 million kilometers or 3.85 million miles) from the "surface" of the Sun[5] and will travel, at closest approach, as fast as 700,000 km/h (430,000 mph).[6]

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It was launched on August 12, 2018.[7] This was the first time a NASA spacecraft was named after a living person, honoring physicist Eugene Parker.[8]

A memory card having the names of over 1.1 million people was mounted on a plaque and installed below the spacecraft’s high-gain antenna on May 18, 2018.[9]

The card also contains photos of Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, and a copy of his 1958 scientific paper.

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  1. Clark, Stuart (July 22, 2018). "Parker Solar Probe: set the controls for the edge of the sun..." The Guardian.
  2. Chang, Kenneth (August 11, 2018). "NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  3. Chang, Kenneth (May 31, 2017). "Newly Named NASA Spacecraft Will Aim Straight for the Sun". New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. Applied Physics Laboratory (November 19, 2008). "Feasible Mission Designs for Solar Probe Plus to Launch in 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018" (.PDF). Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved on 27 February 2010.
  5. Tony Phillips (June 10, 2010). "NASA Plans to Visit the Sun". NASA. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  6. Garner, Rob (August 9, 2018). "Parker Solar Probe: Humanity's First Visit to a Star". NASA. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  7. Chang, Kenneth (August 12, 2018). "Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to 'Touch the Sun'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  8. "NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker". NASA. May 31, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  9. "NASA's Solar Parker Probe To Carry Over 1.1 Million Names To The Sun". Headlines Today. Retrieved August 10, 2018.