NASA Tests Its 430,000mph Probe that Will 'Touch the Sun'

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:09

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland has begun testing its new probe that will 'touch the sun', when it launches into space this summer.

Dubbed the Parker Solar Probe (PSP), the 430,000mph (692,000km/h) craft will collect vital information about the life of stars and their weather events, Daily Mail reports.

In this way, scientists will be able to predict dangerous solar flares, which can disrupt satellites and power supplies here on Earth.

In a written statement, a spokesman for the space agency said: 'Nasa's historic Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds.

'Parker Solar Probe will travel through the sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.'

Nasa gave a sneak peak of its new probe that will 'tough the sun' in September 2017, including newly installed thermal shielding that can withstand temperatures of 1,371°C (2,500 F).

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