Send Your Name to the Sun - Parker Solar Probe

Mindy Sparks
March 11, 2018

Add your name to the mission here.

Your dream might very well come true as NASA announced that the Parker Solar Probe's, humanity's first attempt to study the star at a very close range, has been scheduled to launch sometime this year.

The field is not only vital to understanding Earth's most important and life-sustaining star, it supports exploration in the solar system and beyond.

The specially shielded Parker Solar Probe will have to endure temperatures up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,370 degrees Celsius) and solar radiation intensities 475 times higher than we're used to here on Earth.

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The Parker probe will travel directly towards the sun, approaching its incredibly hazardous atmosphere about four million miles from the surface.

The spacecraft has a thick carbon-composite shield of 4.5 inches to withstand the sun's heat which can reach almost 1371 degrees Celsius.

At the most crucial moment of the journey, the probe will have to withstand almost 2,500 F (1,371 C) heats. "This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand".

The main goal of the mission is to trace how heat and energy move through solar corona. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland, manages the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA.

Upon entering the Sun's atmosphere, the probe will relay back information pertaining to solar winds and clouds with charged particles.

The American space agency underlined the mission will "revolutionise our understanding of the sun".

A car-sized spacecraft would approach the sun at a fast speed that would reach approximately over 690,000 km per hour at the closest distance.

If you want your name to travel through the Sun's atmosphere, braving brutal heat and radiation conditions, here comes your chance.

In May 2017, NASA renamed the spacecraft from the Solar Probe Plus to the Parker Solar Probe in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker.

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