Just one Week Left to Launch NASA’s Touch the Sun Spacecraft

NASA’s Touch the Sun Spacecraft

In the coming week NASA is launching its Parker Solar Probe; a spacecraft that’s specially designed “to touch the sun”. Developers have armed the probe spacecraft with a heavy heat shield, majority made of carbon for protecting the craft and its sophisticated instruments from the terrific warm temperatures of the Sun. This August NASA will launch a new interplanetary spacecraft to “touch the Sun”, and the vehicle is getting all vamped up with a super durable heat shield. Engineers installed a protective shield on the Parker Probe, in Florida, where it’s getting prepped for the launch. This heat shield will keep the Solar Probe comparatively cool as it faces the scathing temperature of the Solar System’s giant Star.

This “Parker Solar Probe”, will be getting to Sun than any other spacecraft ever has before. The probe will be just 4 million miles away from the surface of Sun, where it will be interacting with the Solar Corona. As particles within the corona gets frequently heated and shoot out from the Solar System’s star, which is called “solar wind”. If things go as per plan, NASA said that at a United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket, probe will take off aboard, on 11th of August early in the morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The 45 minute launch window clears at 3:45 a.m. EDT. One can watch the live launch on “Space.com”.

For a successful reach Solar Probe need to set off very quickly from Earth, thus the giant rocket also the second in launch power only to the brand new Falcon Heavy rocket of Space X. The Probe needs to reach speeds of about 430,000 miles/hour in the space, hence it can be bit heavy, or else it won’t be able to enter the necessary orbit. However, the shield probably will be able to trick, as it’s meant to save anything that drops down within its shadow that should cover its instruments and the spacecraft. If the vehicle performs its job accurately then its shield is capable of reaching temperatures over 2,500 degrees F.

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