Parker Solar Probe traveled over 350,000 miles per hour setting a record for the distance from the Sun

03/06/2022
Credit image: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center - Artist’s concept of Parker Solar Probe
Credit image: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center - Artist’s concept of Parker Solar Probe

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 03 June 2022, at 09:02 am Los Angeles time

NASA's Parker Solar Probe sets a new record for both its speed and the distance between it and the Sun, NASA recently announced.

With a dizzying speed of 364,660 miles per hour (586,860 kilometers per hour), the spacecraft marks the shortest distance between a human-made object and the Sun.

During the recent 12th perihelion, Parker approached less than 5.3 million miles from the Sun (8.5 million km).

The shortest distance between the spacecraft and the Sun was around 6:50 p.m. EDT (10:50 p.m. UTC) on June 1, 2022.

No spacecraft problems have been reported during its approach to the Sun, with NASA claiming that everything is functional.

In any case, the records set by the spacecraft, the speed, and the distance from the Sun are truly impressive.

Thinking about how fast the spaceship went, a trip from Los Angeles to London would be done in less than a minute.

Also, its proximity to the Sun meant extremely high temperatures, the spacecraft being exposed to major risks, but it is good that this expedition ended well.

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