NASA Wants To Send Your Name To The Sun

Posted: Mar 11 2018, 4:54pm CDT | by , Updated: Mar 11 2018, 4:58pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
NASA Wants to Send Your Name to the Sun
Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the Sun. Credits: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

NASA is inviting people to place their name on a microchip aboard first mission to touch the sun

Now anyone can become part of NASA’s first ever mission to the Sun.

The space agency is inviting people around the world to submit their name online and get a rare opportunity to place their names on microchip aboard historic solar mission. NASA will accept submissions till April 27, 2018.

Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission will fly directly into sun’s atmosphere and provide the first-ever close-up view of our nearest star. The critical observations of sun’s outer atmosphere will help answer decades-old questions about its underlying mechanism.

“This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades.”

The mission is made possible by a car-sized spacecraft, which will be protected from the Sun’s heat by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield. The spacecraft will get within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface. No spacecraft has ever been this close to sun before. The speed of the spacecraft is approximately 430,000 mph, fast enough to get from Washington to Tokyo in under a minute.

“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 Applied Physics Laboratory. “This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we’ve not been able to understand.”

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