Each time, mankind discovers something new or sets a new record in the orbital atmosphere, revealing another mystery. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken its record for the world’s fastest man-made vehicle.
The probe flies in the sun at a speed of more than 355,801 kilometers per hour (364,000 miles per hour) or about 101 kilometers per second. From New York at that speed, it would have flown 2,446 miles from New York to Los Angeles in less than 24 seconds, then crossed the Atlantic and arrived in London in just over half a minute.
One of its main objectives is to explore the unresolved mystery about the corona. The main research activities of the ship in its recent voyage are the study of the characteristics of solar storms, which are composed of energy particles released from the upper atmosphere, also known as corona.
The Parker Solar Probe may solve the mystery of why our star’s atmosphere is so much warmer than its surface. According to popular belief, the longer we look at a star, the hotter it becomes. The Parker Solar Probe approached the sun’s surface at a distance of 5.3 million miles. This was the tenth expedition around the sun. The ship’s acceleration was due to a close encounter with Venus, where it received “gravity” in the sun.
The Parker Solar Probe will also look at why there is so much pollution near the sun. Dust is absorbed by the plasma produced when tiny particles strike the art. A few finders in the FIELDS research tool, which aims to explore electrical and magnetic fields near the sun, feel the electric current from this.
Throughout its record-breaking work, it uses this to explore the features of dust in a solar system that no craftsman has ever visited before. Parker Solar Probe records may be set in the near future. The spacecraft will perform two more space operations on Venus in August 2023 and November 2024 to increase its speed. The Parker Solar Probe will pass the sun at a hot speed of 690,000 kilometers per hour (430,000 miles per hour) by December 2024, due to this speed improvement. It will also pass closer to the sun than ever before, coming within 4 miles of our star.
“The interesting thing about this is that it greatly enhances our understanding of the regions within our heliosphere, giving us an understanding of the environment, which, to date, has been a mystery,” notes Nour Raouafi, a project scientist at the Parker Solar Probe in Johns. Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland.