History was made by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe when came the closest to the sun more than any artificially created outer space object ever had. After coming to a record-setting closeness to the sun, NASA reported that the Solar Probe was in good health. The Solar Probe was given status “A” this very Wednesday out of the four statuses any of which could be assigned to it. The beacon itself indicated top status “A” on November 7.
#ParkerSolarProbe is alive and well — we made it through our first close approach to the Sun! 🛰☀️💫
— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) November 7, 2018
Traveling at the at hundreds of thousands of miles per hour, Solar Probe fixed may auto fixed any issues with it, in an event, they erupted in space. Solar Probe by NASA is designed to take care of itself and can’t be controlled by the Earth.
NASA’s page suggested that the probe is ‘alive and well’ on its Twitter handle. Parker started its first solar encounter phase beginning from October 31 to November 11. The aim of Parker is to collect data about the sun, our nearest star and to aid us in understanding the mysteries of the sun.
Perihelion, the closest Parker got to the sun was on November 5′ 2018. NASA’s Solar Probe was at a distance of just 15 million miles, the closest ever in the history of any spacecraft. Thus Solar Probe broke records of proximity set by Helios B in 1976. Parker on October 29′ 2018 reached the speed of 213,000 miles per hour according to NASA. It faced intense heat, and solar radiation in a complex solar wind environment reported NASA.
NASA has reported that the sun-facing side of Parker heated to approx 820 degrees Fahrenheit. This sun-facing side of Parker or the heat shield called the Thermal Protection System. But that’s not all, once the Parker is further close, it will reach the temperature of 2,500 Fahrenheit. Information update was received by the mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on November 7, from the spacecraft at 4:46 pm.
Parker Solar Probe as of now is collecting all the data it is supposed to, it is operating well, and minor issues have been resolved autonomously if at all there were any with it. November 11 marks the end of solar encounter phase. It will take several weeks after the end of solar encounter phase to downlink science data to the Earth.