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Mystery of the Sun to be solved with NASA's Parker Solar Probe

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Mystery of the Sun to be solved with NASA's Parker Solar Probe

Mystery of the Sun to be solved with NASA's Parker Solar Probe

NASA has sent a probe to fly closer to the sun's surface to understand why it's outer atmosphere is hotter than its fiery surface.

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN NASA has sent a probe to fly closer to the sun's surface to understand why it's outer atmosphere is hotter than its fiery surface.

The perplexing mystery of why Sun’s outer atmosphere is hotter than its blazing surface is set to be tested when NASA’S Parker Solar Probe is sent out into space.

Researchers at the University of Michigan believe they have the answer and hope to prove it with help from the solar probe.

According to Science Daily, solving the puzzle would allow scientists to better comprehend and predict solar weather, which can pose severe threats to Earth's energy grid.

Unlike other space missions, the Parker solar probe will have a long and complex orbit, since it's much more difficult to get to the sun, according to NASA.

The earth travels 67,000 miles per hour in a sideways motion relative to the sun to avoid being pulled in by its strong gravitational forces.

As such, any object travelling to the sun must cancel that motion.

NASA's Parker solar probe must drop 53,000 miles per hour of sideways speed.

In addition to being launched by the powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket, it will perform seven Venus flybys over a seven-year period, relying on the planet's gravity to draw its orbit closer to the sun.

The probe is then set to fly through the heated solar atmosphere called the corona, to understand and be able to predict the behavior of solar winds.

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Depiction of Earth's sideways motion relative to the sun 2.

Depiction of solar probe launch atop Delta Heavy IV rocket 3.

Depiction of probe's trajectory and Venus flybys 4.

Depiction of probe studying solar winds VOICEOVER (in English): "The earth travels 67,000 miles per hour in a sideways motion relative to the sun to avoid being pulled into it.

So any object traveling to the sun must cancel that motion." "NASA's Parker solar probe must drop 53,000 miles per hour of sideways speed.

In addition to being launched by the powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket, it will perform seven Venus flybys over a seven-year period, relying on the planet's gravity to draw its orbit closer to the sun." "The probe is then set to fly through the heated solar atmosphere called the corona, to understand and be able to predict the behavior of solar winds." SOURCES: NASA, United Launch Alliance, CBS https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13017 https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-iv-parker-solar-probe https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parker-solar-probe-cleared-for-launch-mission-to-touch-the-sun-nasa/ *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377




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