NASA embarks on a daring mission, aiming to touch the untouchable Sun. Scheduled for December 24, 2024, the Parker Solar Probe will fly past the Sun at an unprecedented speed of 195 km/s. Driven by a quest for knowledge, scientists anticipate groundbreaking revelations about the Sun’s mysteries. ‘This will be the greatest achievement for all of mankind. It will be the equivalent of landing on the moon in 1969,’ says Parker Project Scientist Noor Raoufi.
Launched in 2018, the Parker Solar Probe is like a super-smart space detective on a mission to solve mysteries about the Sun. “We are basically almost landing on a star,” says Noor Raoufi, one of the scientists in charge. He thinks it’s as big as landing on the moon in 1969!
The mission to touch the Sun will be the greatest achievement for all of mankind. It will be the equivalent of landing on the moon in 1969.Raoufi
This probe is crazy fast – it’s the fastest thing people have ever made! It’s speeding at 435,000 mph, getting closer to the Sun than any other spaceship before.
But, hold on, it’s not a walk in the park. The Parker Solar Probe is brave but has to face extreme heat, like 1,400 degrees Celsius. How does it survive? Well, it’s got a smart shield, like a superhero cape, protecting it from the intense heat.
The Parker Solar Probe will be the equivalent of landing on a star. This will be a monumental achievement for all humanity.Raoufi
Why go through all this trouble? Because this mission can tell us things about the Sun that we have no idea about. Ever heard of solar wind? It’s like the Sun’s breath, and the probe wants to understand where it comes from and how it affects Earth.
We don’t know what we’ll find, but we’ll be looking for waves in the solar wind associated with the heating,Dr. Nicky Fox, NASA’s head of science
As the Parker Solar Probe gets closer to the Sun, it’s not just a one-time thing. There are more flybys planned in 2024, promising heaps of data for scientists.
The mission takes on a new dimension, especially since we are now thinking about sending women and men to the moon and establishing a permanent presence on the lunar surface.Raoufi
NASA’s mission is like a thrilling space adventure. As the Parker Solar Probe gets ready to touch the Sun, scientists and the world are eagerly waiting for the Sun to spill its secrets. This mission is on track to make history, just like the moon landing did over half a century ago.