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Humanity’s First Venture to a Star

Did you know that Parker Solar Probe is the first-ever mission to go to the Sun? 

In 2018, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) to study the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere, called the corona of the Sun and to unveil mysteries of the solar wind. 

The spacecraft has been named so in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who first theorized that the Sun sends out particles and energy known as the solar wind. 

Parker is about the size of a small car. It is even helping us see other planets, like Venus. 

The spacecraft will orbit within 3.8 million miles of the Sun’s surface to provide us with data about our star.  

On 29th April, Parker was closest to the Sun.

Parker has been travelling at 532,000 km per hour, the speed at which one can reach Moon from Earth in 40 minutes.

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