New Speed Record

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Artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe on approach to the Sun
Artist’s impression of the Parker Solar Probe on approach to the Sun
NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben (illustration)

Launched in 2018 on a mission to study the Sun from close proximity, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe continues to edge closer and closer to its target, setting one new record after another. The latest came during a close approach today, where the spacecraft exceeded blistering speeds of 330,000 mph (532,000 km/h) as it began its eighth loop of the Sun.

The car-sized Parker Solar Probe is built to travel closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history, using a carbon composite heat shield to fend off the star’s energy and remain cool in temperatures of nearly 2,500 °F (1,377 °C). The probe will use a suite of onboard instruments to study high-energy solar particles in the Sun’s atmosphere to better understand the origin of solar winds, which emanate from our star outwards through the solar system.

To help it on its way, the spacecraft is using a series of flybys of Venus to leverage the planet’s gravity and propel itself towards the Sun, with the fourth and most recent flyby coming in February. This set the Parker Solar Probe up for its eighth lap of the Sun, and one that would take it closer and to higher speeds than any object ever created by humankind.

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