NASA's Parker Solar Probe will break its own record and become the closest object to
This will be the probe's sixth flight to the Sun sinceits launch in 2018. As it orbits the Sun, it gets closer to the star with each pass, and during the summer it gets an extra boost, using Venus's gravity to adjust its trajectory. In July of this year, the probe approached the surface of Venus at only 833 km, and the gravitational assistance from this maneuver allowed the probe to approach the Sun 1.5 times closer.
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“We always wonder if we will see somethingnew as we get closer and closer to the sun. And as the solar cycle rises and the Sun becomes more active, we can observe this activity from an unprecedented point of view, "- noted in NASA.
The probe collects data on solar activity toresearchers could learn about its external atmosphere. The approaches allow the probe to collect measurements closer to the Sun than ever before, as well as obtain images of the corona up close.
Scientists want to know more about the solar wind -the flow of charged particles released from the corona, as the wind can move through the solar system and affect space weather. On Earth, space weather affects satellite communications and the electrical systems of ships in orbit, and radiation can even affect astronauts too.
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