NASA will fly you to the sun--or at least your name

Katie Ramirez
March 8, 2018

However, very little is known about this giant ball of fire which is fuelled by the heavy nuclear fusion reaction happening at its core. Participants names will be gathered into a database, and NASA will use a precise electron beam to etch out the microscopic names of each participant in lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of human hair. NASA is trying to change that ever so slightly with its Parker Solar Probe which is slated to launch this summer. Sounds impossible, isn't it?

The Sun is roughly 93 million miles away from Earth, and to get the probe to its desired destination, NASA has selected the second most powerful and among the most reliable rockets now in the human arsenal: the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy.

Specifically, it will trace how energy and heat move through the solar atmosphere, and explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. For this situation, given Parker's achievements inside the field, and how firmly adjusted this mission is with his examination, the choice was made to respect him before dispatch, keeping in mind the end goal to attract consideration regarding his critical commitments to heliophysics and space science.

To play out these remarkable examinations, the rocket and instruments will be shielded from the Sun's warmth by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which should withstand temperatures outside the shuttle that achieve nearly 2,500 F. This cutting edge warm shield will keep the four instrument suites meant to examine attractive fields, plasma and vivacious particles, and picture the sun oriented breeze at room temperature.

The spacecraft had a different name earlier. Parker also theorized an explanation for the superheated solar atmosphere, the corona, which is - contrary to what was expected by physics laws - hotter than the surface of the Sun itself. Given the importance of his research and his involvement with this mission, NASA has named its mission for the first time on a living individual. In a similar opportunity where NASA offered the chance to have names etched into a microchip heading for Mars, over 2.4 million people from around the world signed up for the journey. Interested people who want to send their names to Sun can submit their names before April 27. An email will then be sent for confirmation to complete the registration.

Overall, Parker Probe mission seems to be full of science and adventure.

Solar flares pose a considerable threat to modern civilizations, and by more comprehensively understanding solar weather, scientists can better predict when and where the flares will occur. One would like to have some more detailed measurements of what's going on in the solar wind.

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