Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield: Time Lapse Video
In this time-lapse video taken on Sept. 21, 2017, the thermal protection system – the heat shield -- for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft is shown during installation at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. This 4.5-inch thick, eight-foot diameter shield protects the spacecraft and its instruments against the intense heat and energy of the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, through which the spacecraft will fly on a mission of extreme exploration.Credit: NASA/JHUAPL
#JWST Launch Delayed; New LIGO GW Event; Parker Solar Probe Update; Surprise from ESA's Rosetta
Consider supporting Space Fan News: https://patreon.com/DeepAstronomy to ensure you get current space & astronomy news each week!Looks like the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope will be delayed for 5-8 months. As sad as that makes me, I'm ok with it if it means a successful launch and mission. There's also news from LIGO and Virgo as it detects another black hole merger.The Parker Solar Probe will also launch next year and there's an update on the amazing new heat shield that will protect the spacecraft from the Sun.Finally, the European Space Agency's Rosetta Spacecraft to the comet 67p sends back a surprise image.Here are the links to this week's stories:
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The Parker Solar Probe and the August 2017 Solar Eclipse
NASA Parker Solar Probe project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins APL explains the Sun's corona, visible during the August 21, 2017 total eclipse that will pass over much of the United States, and how Parker Solar Probe will help us unlock some of the mysteries of our star.Learn more about Parker Solar Probe at http://www.spacetv.net/parker-solar-probe-nasa-spacecraft/Credit: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
NASA's New Solar Probe To Kiss Our Sun
Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within four million miles of the Sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.Parker Solar Probe is an extraordinary and historic mission exploring arguably the last and most important region of the solar system to be visited by a spacecraft to finally answer top-priority science goals for over five decades.But we don't do this just for the basic science.One recent study by the National Academy of Sciences estimated that without advance warning a huge solar event could cause two trillion dollars in damage in the U.S. alone, and the eastern seaboard of the U.S. could be without power for a year.In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun.Learn more about the Parker Solar Probe at http://www.spacetv.net/parker-solar-probe-nasa-spacecraft/#YTCredit: NASA / APL
Parker Solar Probe
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to "touch" the sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star's surface. Launch is slated for summer 2018.Learn more at: www.nasa.gov/parkersolarprobe
Parker Solar Probe: Swing Past the Sun (close up)
Mission to the Sun | 2017 Solar Eclipse | Exploratorium
NASA's newest satellite is headed for a hot spot: the corona of the sun. Join Eric Christian, Research Scientist for the Parker Solar Probe mission, as he details the objectives of the mission and describes some solar mysteries NASA hopes to solve.The Parker Solar Probe mission will be featured in our eclipse 2017 broadcast, sharing more information about our Sun!www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse
Flying Into the Sun? NASA's Parker Solar Probe Mission
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Chad Weber - email@example.comIf you’ve watched enough of our videos, you know I’ve got an uneasy alliance with the Sun. Sure, it provides the energy we need for all life on Earth. But, it’s a great big ongoing thermonuclear reaction, and it’s right there! As soon as we get fusion, Sun, in like, 30 years or so, I tell you, we’ll be the ones laughing.But to be honest, we still have so many questions about the Sun. For starters, we don’t fully understand the solar wind blasting out of the Sun. This constant wind of charged particles is constantly blowing out into space, but sometimes it’s stronger, and sometimes it’s weaker.What are the factors that contribute to the solar wind? And as you know, these charged particles are not healthy for the human body, or for our precious electronics. In fact, the Sun occasionally releases enormous blasts that can damage our satellites and electrical grids.How can we predict the intensity so that we can be better prepared for dangerous solar storms? Especially the Carrington-class events that might take down huge portions of our modern society.Perhaps the biggest mystery with the Sun is the temperature of its corona. The surface of the Sun is hot, like 5,500 degrees Celsius. But if you rise up into the atmosphere of the Sun, into its corona, the temperature jumps beyond a million degrees.The list of mysteries is long. And to start understanding what’s going on, we’ll need to get much much closer to the Sun.Good news, NASA has a new mission in the works to do just that.The mission is called the Parker Solar Probe. Actually, last week, it was called the Solar Probe Plus, but then NASA renamed it, and that reminded me to do a video on it.It’s pretty normal for NASA to rename their spacecraft, usually after a dead astronomer/space scientist, like Kepler, Chandra, etc. This time, though, they renamed it for a legendary solar astronomer Eugene Parker, who developed much of our modern thinking on the Sun’s solar wind. Parker just turned 90 and this is the first time NASA has named it after someone living.Anyway, back to the spacecraft.The mission is due to launch in early August 2018 on a Delta IV Heavy, so we’re still more than a year away at this point. When it does, it’ll carry the spacecraft on a very unusual trajectory through the inner Solar System.The problem is that the Sun is actually a very difficult place to reach. In fact, it’s the hardest place to get to in the entire Solar System.Remember that the Earth is traveling around the Sun at a velocity of 30 km/s. That’s almost three times the velocity it takes to get into orbit. That’s a lot of velocity.In order to be able to get anywhere near the Sun, the probe needs to shed velocity. And in order to do this, it’s going to use gravitational slingshots with Venus. We’ve talked about gravitational slingshots in the past, and how you can use them to speed up a spacecraft, but you can actually do the reverse.The Parker Solar Probe will fall down into Venus’ gravity well, and give orbital velocity to Venus. This will put it on a new trajectory which takes it closer to the Sun. It’ll do a total of 7 flybys in 7 years, each of which will tweak its trajectory and shed some of that orbital momentum.You know, trying to explain orbital maneuvering is tough. I highly recommend that you try out Kerbal Space Program. I’ve learned more about orbital mechanics by playing that game for a few months than I have in almost 2 decades of space journalism. Go ahead, try to get to the Sun, I challenge you.Anyway, with each Venus flyby, the Parker Solar Probe will get closer and closer to the Sun, well within the orbit of Mercury. Far closer than any spacecraft has ever gotten to the Sun. At its closest point, it’ll only be 5.9 million kilometers from the Sun. Just for comparison, the Earth orbits at an average distance of about 150 million kilometers. That’s close.And over the course of its entire mission, the spacecraft is expected to make a total of 24 complete orbits of the Sun, analyzing that plasma ball from every angle.The orbit is also highly elliptical, which means that it’s going really really fast at its closest point. Almost 725,000 km/h.
Parker Solar Probe Mission Trajectory
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Closer to the Sun: 60 Second Science - Nasa's Parker Probe
NASA has renamed the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft — humanity’s first mission to a star, which will launch in 2018 — as the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the University of Chicago, where Parker serves as the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.In 1958, Parker — then a young professor at the university’s Enrico Fermi Institute — published an article in the Astrophysical Journal called “Dynamics of the interplanetary gas and magnetic fields.” Parker believed there was high speed matter and magnetism constantly escaping the sun, and that it affected the planets and space throughout our solar system.This phenomenon, now known as the solar wind, has been proven to exist repeatedly through direct observation. Parker’s work forms the basis for much of our understanding about how stars interact with the worlds that orbit them.“This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “It’s a testament to the importance of his body of work, founding a new field of science that also inspired my own research and many important science questions NASA continues to study and further understand every day. I’m very excited to be personally involved honoring a great man and his unprecedented legacy.”“The solar probe is going to a region of space that has never been explored before,” said Parker. “It’s very exciting that we’ll finally get a look. One would like to have some more detailed measurements of what’s going on in the solar wind. I’m sure that there will be some surprises. There always are.”Subscribe For More Videos Like This: http://www.youtube.com/user/ouramazingspace?sub_confirmation=1See my latest videos : https://www.youtube.com/user/ouramazingspace/videosBringing you the BEST Space and Astronomy videos online. Showcasing videos and images from the likes of NASA,ESA,Hubble etc.Join me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spaceisamazingTwitter: https://twitter.com/AmazingSpace2Google+ : http://goo.gl/1WCBn9Music by Keving Macleod
NASA Is Going to the Sun! But How...and Why?
In 2018, NASA will launch a solar probe that will travel closer to the sun than any spacecraft before. But why? What are they looking for?
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"NASA's upcoming sun-studying mission, which will come much closer to Earth's star than any spacecraft in history, has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, agency officials announced today (May 31). The new moniker honors pioneering University of Chicago astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who predicted the existence of the solar wind - the stream of charged particles flowing constantly from the sun - back in 1958."
Solar Probe Plus: We're Going to Dive Into the Sun
"After 60 years of dreaming of a close-up solar mission, it's quickly approaching time for NASA to realize that goal. Last week, the agency announced that the Solar Probe Plus mission has moved into "advanced development" ahead of a launch in 2018."
NASA: Parker Solar Probe
"Why Parker Solar Probe? We live in the sun's atmosphere! This mission will provide insight on a critical link in the Sun-Earth connection. Data will be key to understanding and, perhaps, forecasting space weather."____________________
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NASA announces first mission to enter sun's atmosphere
NASA will launch the "Parker Solar Probe" in the summer of 2018, a mission that will fly seven times closer to the sun than any in history. Mike Massimino, senior adviser for Space Programs at the Intrepid Museum and former NASA astronaut, joins CBSN to discuss the significance and objectives of the mission.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgS
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NASA's newly named Parker Solar Probe to "touch the sun"
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NASA renames its Solar Probe Plus spacecraft to honor researcher Eugene Parker, who discovered "solar wind." The Parker Solar Probe will set off an unprecedented mission to touch the sun next year.Subscribe to CNET: http://cnet.co/2heRhep
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NASA Launching Probe On Historic Mission To 'Touch' The Sun | NBC Nightly News
The Parker Solar Probe is set to launch into the Sun’s atmosphere in 2018. It's a mission nearly 60 years in the making. Miguel Almaguer explains how the mission will work.
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NASA names Unique Solar Mission after University of Chicago Physicist Eugene Parker
On May 31, NASA renamed humanity’s first mission to fly a spacecraft directly into the sun’s atmosphere in honor of Professor Eugene Parker, a pioneering physicist at the University of Chicago. This is the first time in agency history a spacecraft has been named for a living individual. Parker, the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Physics, is best known for developing the concept of solar wind—the stream of electrically charged particles emitted by the sun.Previously named Solar Probe Plus, the Parker Solar Probe will launch in summer 2018. Placed in orbit within four million miles of the sun’s surface, and facing heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft in history, the spacecraft will explore the sun’s outer atmosphere and make critical observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work. The resulting data will improve forecasts of major space weather events that impact life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.
NASA details Parker Solar Probe mission
Scientists will investigate how the corona reaches blistering temperatures, how the solar wind gets its speed and how space weather affects Earth.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/69554/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideos
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Parker Solar Probe
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to "touch" the sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star's surface. Launch is slated for summer 2018.Credit: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryThis video is public domain.Learn more about the Parker Solar Probe: www.nasa.gov/solarprobeIf you liked this video, subscribe to the NASA Goddard YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/NASAExplorerOr subscribe to NASA’s Goddard Shorts HD Podcast: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/iTunes/f...Follow NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
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Prof. Eugene Parker on discovering the solar wind
Eugene Parker, the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Physics at the University of Chicago, discusses his scientific research on the sun, including his landmark discovery of the solar wind. Nearly 60 years ago, Parker first coined the term solar wind to describe the stream of electrically charged particles emitted by the sun. On May 31, 2017, NASA honored Parker by naming its first mission to the sun—the Parker Solar Probe—in his honor. (Video by UChicago Creative)Learn more here: https://www.uchicago.edu/features/nasa_names_solar_mission_after_uchicago_physicist/
Solar Plus Probe: NASA set to launch new mission to study the sun in 2018
LAUREL, MARYLAND — NASA is planning an ambitious new mission to “touch the sun” that will supposedly revolutionize our understanding of the yellow dwarf star.According to NASA, the Solar Probe Plus is set to launch in summer 2018 and will orbit within four million miles of the sun’s surface — closer than any other spacecraft has approached before.The probe will be equipped with a carbon composite heat shield, to help it withstand radiation and temperatures of up to 2,550 degrees Fahrenheit.It will collect data about the corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — to help solve the mystery of why it’s millions of degrees hotter than the surface.Scientists aim to study solar activity in detail, particularly how solar winds are accelerated.This could improve forecasts of space weather events, which can shake the earth’s magnetic field and impact satellite communications, astronaut safety, power grids, and radiation on flights.NASA is in the process of building the Solar Probe Plus, and has already installed key elements, including the cooling system.
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NASA's Solar Probe Plus Can Withstand Incredible Conditions
NASA is launching a probe into the sun.WEBSITE: http://futurism.com
NASA Plans Solar Probe Plus Mission to the Sun
In 2018, NASA plans to launch the Solar Probe Plus mission to the sun for the first time
ScienceCasts: The Mystery of Coronal Heating
Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more.Observations by NASA's IRIS spacecraft suggest that "heat bombs" are going off in the sun's outer atmosphere, helping to explain why the solar corona is so mysteriously hot.https://iris.gsfc.nasa.gov/
SDO: Year 6 Ultra-HD
The sun is always changing and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the sun's atmosphere, the corona. SDO's sixth year in orbit was no exception. This video shows that entire sixth year -- from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 28, 2016, as one time-lapse sequence. At full quality on YouTube, this video is ultra-high definition 3840x2160 and 29.97 frames per second. Each frame represents 2 hours. A downloadable version has a frame rate of 59.94 with each frame representing 1 hour. See below for the link.SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The images shown here are based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms, which is in the extreme ultraviolet range and shows solar material at around 600,000 kelvins (about 1,079,540 degrees F). In this wavelength it is easy to see the sun's 25-day rotation.During the course of the video, the sun subtly increases and decreases in apparent size. This is because the distance between the SDO spacecraft and the sun varies over time. The image is, however, remarkably consistent and stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph, and Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 mph.Scientists study these images to better understand the complex electromagnetic system causing the constant movement on the sun, which can ultimately have an effect closer to Earth, too: Flares and another type of solar explosion called coronal mass ejections can sometimes disrupt technology in space. Moreover, studying our closest star is one way of learning about other stars in the galaxy. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, built, operates and manages the SDO spacecraft for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Wiessinger
Music: "Tides," a track available from Killer TracksLearn more about SDO and see more imagery: http://www.nasa.gov/sdo and http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/This video is public domain. It can be downloaded at its full quality and frame rate at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=12144
Justin Kasper - Sending a Probe Into the Atmosphere of Our Sun
NASA Ames 2015 Summer Series. Our sun consistently emits massive amounts of energy in all directions into the cold void of space. It produces the energy that sustains life on our planet and can produce flares that threaten our space-based assets.Understanding the forces that lead to solar flares and solar wind is important for the advancement of NASA’s space science and exploration missions. Dr. Justin Kasper from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will describe the mission and objectives of NASA’s next heliophysics mission, the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft; a mission that will repeatedly dive past the sun to obtain the first direct samples of the solar atmosphere.
MISSION TO THE SUN! (Kerbal Space Program)
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We Are Sending a Probe into the Sun
Why are we sending a rocket into the sun? SciShow Space explains the why, what and how of Solar Probe Plus, a mission that’ll give us our closest look yet at our nearest star.Hosted by: Caitlin Hofmeister----------
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The Solar Wind and NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission - Stuart Bale (SETI Talks)
SETI Talks archive: http://seti.org/talksThe thermodynamic temperature of the Sun's atmosphere rises from ~6000K at the visible surface to millions of degrees in its outer atmosphere, the corona. This hot coronal plasma then expands supersonically to become the solar wind; this wind acceleration process is ongoing to very high altitudes (~10 solar radii) There is no sufficient thermal energy source for this heating and expansion, however remote sensing measurements of the coronal magnetic field suggest that the magnetic energy density is more than enough. Most of the proposed coronal heating/acceleration models involve the kinetic dissipation of plasma waves or turbulence, a process that is poorly understood. I will discuss some of these mechanisms and the associated puzzles.The coming decade will be a golden age for coronal and heliospheric physics. Several dedicated NASA space missions (STEREO, SDO, IRIS) and the NSF's Advanced Technology Solar Telescope will provide high spatial resolution magnetic field and plasma observations of the transition region and corona. The Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions will dive deep into the heliosphere and make low altitude (to 9.5 solar radii) in situ measurements. I will describe the Solar Probe Plus mission and its measurements in some detail.