It’s the heart of our solar system, and yet it is one of the parts that we know the least about. Oh sure – it’s a star, a searing ball of gas that keeps us warm, gives us light, and affects all parts of our interplanetary parade. The Earth revolves around it, the year long trek bringing out the noted change in seasons, and on occasion, flares from its surface mess with our technology.
It Gives Us Warmth And Light
But the sun remains a mystery, one that NASA hope to crack with a new mission and spacecraft. It’s called the Parker Solar Probe and can stand temperatures of over 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. It will fly within four million miles of the sun, a first for a manmade object like this. The idea is simple – gather as much data as possible before the craft burns up. It will allow scientists a chance to study the star as well as answer age old questions about its origins and age.
It’s One Of The Main Reasons There Is Life On Earth
According to the Space Agency, this is the mission’s purpose:
“The spacecraft will explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere and make critical observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work.
The resulting data will improve forecasts of major space weather events that impact life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.”
And Now NASA Wants To Explore It