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SPACE NASA’s Parker Solar Spacecraft will be the first ever mission to TOUCH the Sun

The spacecraft will travel directly into the sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from its surface. Launch is slated for summer 2018.

Published 26 SEP 2017 11:23AM




A truly historic NASA mission is set to take place in 2018 with the new Parker Solar Probe and could unlock a huge amount of information about the Sun, our home star that keeps our planet warm and habitable.

Parker Solar Probe

The Sun is 4.6 Billion years old, has a diameter of 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles), displays a scorching surface temperature of 5500 °C, could engulf our Earth a million times over and also accounts for more than 99% of the mass of our solar system!


Although we have some knowledge of our home star, there is still a lot we don’t understand and this mission aims to change that. The main goal of Parker is to trace how energy moves through the solar corona (A corona, Latin, 'crown', is an aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun and other stars) and to investigate what accelerates solar wind & solar energetic particles.

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Flying into the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere around 3.9 Million miles from its surface, seven times closer than any craft before it, Parker will have to withstand temperatures of up to 2500 °F. NASA have designed a carbon composite shield, 4.5 inches thick, in order to protect the craft and its onboard instruments.



At it’s closest approach the probe will reach top speeds of approximately 430,000 mph (700,000 kph), that’s fast enough to travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in ONE SECOND.


NASA hopes to gain valuable knowledge about how stars work in order to better understand space weather as this can disrupt technology on Earth, satellites orbiting our home planet and even destroy them all together.

Read the official NASA Press release

Launch details

Launch Window: July 31 – Aug. 19, 2018
Launch Site: NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV-Heavy with Upper Stage

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