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NASA to take people's names to the sun

NASA to take people's names to the sun

NASA's Parker Solar probe is getting ready for its mission to Sun and NASA is giving people a chance to send their names to Sun through the spacecraft. The last date of the submissions is 27 April 2018.

Parker Solar Probe will be protected by a high-tech heat shield.

Once launched this summer from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the probe will eventually come within 4 million miles of our star, closer than any other spacecraft.

The spacecraft speed is so fast, at its closest approach it will be going at approximately 430,000 miles (692,000 km) per hour.

That's fast enough to get from Washington, DC, to Tokyo in under a minute, NASA said.

"Parker Solar Probe is, quite literally, the fastest, hottest - and, to me, coolest - mission under the sun", said project scientist Nicola Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, U.S. These names will be included on a memory card that The Parker Solar Probe will carry on its mission to the center of our solar system.

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"This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand", she added. Given the importance of his research and his involvement with this mission, NASA has named its mission for the first time on a living individual. Participants names will be gathered into a database, and NASA will use a precise electron beam to etch out the microscopic names of each participant in lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of human hair.

Although it will have no passengers, the vehicle will hide a microchip with the names of a select few lucky people to travel through brutal heat and radiation conditions to study the Sun's atmosphere.

To protect the spacecraft from the Sun's heat, scientists will cover it with a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which is expected to survive temperatures outside the spacecraft that can reach almost 2,500 degree Fahrenheit or over 1,371 degree Celsius. This heat shield will keep the four instrument suites created to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind, at room temperature.

The "Star Trek" actor has signed up to put his name on a microchip that will fly aboard NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which will launch on a historic sun-studying mission this summer.

This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before.

Costing $1.5 billion dollars to build, launch and operate, Parker Solar Probe also aims to answer one of the most perplexing questions about the Sun: Why is the corona, the area immediately surrounding it, hotter than its surface?


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