Zonnesonde survives first dive

HOUSTON – An American probe has made its first flight past the sun well passed. The on-board systems of the Parker Solar Probe have the extreme heat and radiation survived, and works as it should, says the American space agency NASA.

Parker Solar Probe was on board of the above rocket.

The Parker Solar Probe was in August launched. He goes over the next seven years of oval orbits around the sun. The first dive began last week. Last Monday he came to 24 million kilometers from the sun. Never was a probe so close to our star. It holds the Parker a recordsnelheid over with 343,000 miles per hour. Both records are later improved, because in 2024 retrieves the Parker a speed of more than 692.000 km per hour and he comes up to 6 million kilometres of the sun.

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During the dive Monday was the Parker exposed to temperatures greater than 400 degrees Celsius. That adds up to almost 1400 degrees at the following dives. By cooling are the measuring instruments on board, however, at room temperature.

The probe flies away from the sun. In april, the second dive.

The Parker is doing more research into the solar wind. That is the flow of charged particles that the sun continuously blasts. The sun is a big mystery for scientists. The concept of the solar wind is created by the now 91-year-old scientist Eugene N. Parker, to whom the probe is named.

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