Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe is a NASA spacecraft launched on August 12, 2018, with the mission of studying the Sun more closely than any human-made object ever has. Designed to travel within 4 million miles of the Sun’s surface, the probe aims to provide new data on solar activity and make critical observations of the outer corona of the Sun. It investigates phenomena such as solar winds and magnetic fields to understand better the processes that drive the solar atmosphere and its impacts on space weather. The technology enabling the probe to withstand the extreme heat and radiation includes a heat shield that can tolerate temperatures exceeding 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The Parker Solar Probe’s findings are expected to not only enhance our understanding of stellar mechanics but also improve the forecasting of space weather events that can affect life on Earth and satellite operations in space.