Delta IV Parker Solar Probe: Launching the Fastest Human-made Object
ULA Trajectory Engineer Nick Driver on launching NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission atop ULA's Delta IV Heavy rocket. Usually used for large satellites, in this case the heavy lifter is being used to give a small spacecraft a high-energy delivery to the sun.
NASA Is Launching A Mission To Touch The Sun
NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields. According to CNN, the mission is expected to launch in early August. This is NASA's first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere. It's not a mission that any human can make, so NASA is sending a roughly 10-foot-high probe on the historic mission. The probe will be closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever reached before.
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Why Won't it Melt? How NASA's Solar Probe will Survive the Sun
NASA's Parker Solar Probe is heading to the Sun. Why won't the spacecraft melt?
Thermal Protection System Engineer Betsy Congdon (Johns Hopkins APL) outlines why Parker can take the heat.
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NASA | 4K Video Countdown to T-Zero: Flying Faster, Hotter and Closer Than Ever to the Sun
NASA's Parker Solar Probe and its United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle prepare for an unprecedented mission to "kiss the Sun."
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The spacecraft aims to unravel 60 years' worth of mysteries surrounding the Sun’s corona. Watch this 4K video as NASA’s Launch Services Program continues the countdown to T-zero. Visit https://go.nasa.gov/SolarProbe to learn more and watch the historic launch on NASA TV in the coming weeks.
Solar 60: Observatory Scientist Marco Velli
Project Scientist Nicky Fox of Johns Hopkins APL and UCLA's Marco Velli, observatory scientist, discuss the Sun's corona and how Parker Solar Probe will investigate the processes that drive the solar wind.
Solar 60: Parker Solar Probe's Solar Arrays
Johns Hopkins APL's Rosanna Smith and Gordon Maahs discuss what makes Parker Solar Probe's solar arrays so special, and how they will operate both close to and far from our star.
Solar 60: FIELDS Principal Investigator Stuart Bale
UC Berkeley's Stuart Bale, principal investigator for the FIELDS instrument suite, talks with Johns Hopkins APL's Jennifer Fischer about how FIELDS will measure electric and magnetic fields and waves around the Sun.
Solar 60: Fault Management and Autonomy on Parker Solar Probe
Evan Smith, fault management test lead, and Sanae Kubota, fault management lead engineer - both of Johns Hopkins APL - discuss how Parker Solar Probe's team ensures the spacecraft can protect itself while on its historic mission to the Sun. This includes simulations of potential issues that could possible arise during the mission to make sure the team and the spacecraft are ready for launch.
Solar 60: FIELDS Antenna Release Testing
The FIELDS antennae are a critical part of Parker Solar Probe's science operations. They need to be stowed alongside the spacecraft during launch, and released for deployment when safely in space. Johns Hopkins APL's Jennifer Fischer, Randy Schlotterbeck, and Sarah Bucior explain and perform a test of the release mechanism, known as "clam shells."
Solar 60: Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle Rises at Launch Complex 37
Parker Solar Probe's launch vehicle - the Delta IV Heavy, the most powerful rocket currently used by NASA - will carry the spacecraft into space later this year, marking the first time the Delta IV Heavy will carry a NASA science mission aloft. Johns Hopkins APL's Jennifer Fischer, deputy system assurance lead, interviews Project Manager Andy Driesman about the launch and the efforts to date to make this historic mission possible.
Solar 60: Flight Battery Installation
Deputy Lead Mechanical Engineer Felipe Ruiz of Johns Hopkins APL explains how the team installs the battery that Parker Solar Probe will use during its seven-year mission to unlock the mysteries of the Sun.
Solar 60: Flying Parker Solar Probe from Maryland to Florida
Deputy Project Manager Patrick Hill and Systems Assurance Lead Luke Becker, both of Johns Hopkins APL, discuss the planning involved in flying Parker Solar Probe from Maryland to Florida - and why it's smarter to fly than drive.
Solar 60: Parker Solar Probe Mission Design
How do you design the trajectory of a mission to the touch the sun? Johns Hopkins APL's Yanping Guo, mission design and navigation manager, explains how the alignment of the planets led to the creation of the best route for NASA's Parker Solar Probe.
Solar 60: Mission Simulation
Nick Pinkine, Parker Solar Probe mission operations manager, explains how the team at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory prepares to operate the spacecraft by performing complex mission simulations while still on the ground.
Solar 60: What Happens During "Chamber Break?"
While undergoing space environment testing at the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in February, the Parker Solar Probe team opened the chamber to reconfigure the spacecraft and testing equipment. Johns Hopkins APL's Luke Becker interviews Annette Dolbow, lead integration and testing engineer, about the process and preparing for the four-week long thermal cycling test.
Solar 60: Simulating Heat on Parker Solar Probe
Even though Parker Solar Probe's thermal protection system (TPS) will shield the spacecraft from the tremendous heat of the Sun as the mission flies through the corona, the integration and testing team still needs to ensure the probe will perform as expected. Johns Hopkins APL's Rosanna Smith and Elizabeth Abel explain how the Parker Solar Probe team uses the space environment simulator at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to test the spacecraft.
Solar 60: Simulating the Deep Chill of Space
The Parker Solar Probe team needs to get the spacecraft into a deep cold environment, just like it will experience while in space. Johns Hopkins APL's Felipe Ruiz and Andy Webb describe how the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center creates the intense cold temps - and there's a humorous exaggeration in the explanation that true science-fiction-comedy film fans will catch!
Solar 60: Creating a Vacuum to Simulate Space
How does the Parker Solar Probe team simulate the nearly airless environment of space? Johns Hopkins APL's Felipe Ruiz and Andy Webb describe how the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center works.
Solar 60: Space Environment Testing for Thermal Protection System
Parker Solar Probe's Deputy Lead Mechanical Engineer Felipe Ruiz and Thermal Protection System (TPS) Lead Engineer Betsy Congdon - both from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab - discuss how the spacecraft undergoes space environment testing with a special version of the TPS.
Solar 60: Parker Dedication Plaque & Send Your Name to the Sun Installation
Parker Solar Probe Project Manager Andy Driesman and Project Scientist Nicky Fox, both from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, discuss the installation of a plaque dedicating the mission to its namesake, Eugene Parker, who first theorized the existence of the solar wind. This is the first NASA mission to be named for a living person. On the plaque is a memory card containing Parker's 1958 paper about the solar wind, photographs of him during his career, and 1,137,202 names submitted by the public to join the mission on its historic journey to touch the Sun
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Extreme Spacecrafting: NASA's Parker Solar Probe
Tony Case, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Solar Probe Cup Instrument Scientist, and Kelly Korreck, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Science Operations Lead for SWEAP Instrument Suite aboard Parker Solar Probe
In July 2018, NASA will launch a satellite 60 years in the making. The hottest mission under the Sun will visit - the Sun! It is an extreme mission - the fastest human-made object that will travel closest to the Sun at the hottest operating temperatures in history. Learn what went into building this satellite with Dr. Kelly Korreck, who will describe the strange Sun behavior that this mission aims to explain, and Dr. Tony Case, who will discuss the bravest instrument on board that peeks around the spacecraft's protective sun shade: the Solar Probe Cup.
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This week in space news, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to embark on a hunt for exoplanets, and the Parker Solar Probe arrives in Florida to begin preparations for its upcoming mission to study the Sun.
The Parker Solar Probe: Our First Mission to Touch the Sun!
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In just a few short months, NASA will launch the Parker Solar Probe, a mission designed to get the closest we've ever been to the Sun.
NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds.
The Parker Solar Probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.
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Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida
On April 4, 2018, Parker Solar Probe project scientist Nicky Fox of Johns Hopkins APL describes the spacecraft's April 3 journey to Florida and arrival at Astrotech Space Operations, the probe's new home before a scheduled launch on July 31, 2018 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
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Parker Solar Probe: Women on a Mission
We celebrate Women's History Month with a look at a group of women from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab who are key to the success of NASA's Parker Solar Probe, a groundbreaking mission to explore our Sun, scheduled to launch on July 31.
Meet APL's Nicola Fox, project scientist; Betsy Congdon, lead thermal protection system engineer; Yanping Guo, mission design and navigation manager; and Annette Dolbow, integration and test lead engineer -- just a few of the women working to ready the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft for its historic journey to our star.
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NASA Goddard : NASA will fly you to the sun _ or at least your name ( Parker Solar Probe )
Subscribe ▶ https://goo.gl/oLRjsZ / 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.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA will fly you to the sun — or at least your name.
Now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for this hottest ticket in town. The names will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the sun.
Once launched this summer from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the probe will eventually come within 4 million miles of our star, closer than any other spacecraft. Temperatures will reach 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,300 degrees Celsius), as the spacecraft zips in and out of this atmospheric hot zone. Until now, the materials for such a grueling journey were unavailable.
Actor William Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James Kirk in the old "Star Trek" TV series, is NASA's pitchman for the send-your-name-to-the-sun campaign.
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Send Your Name to the Sun Aboard NASA's Parker Solar Probe
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018. The mission will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and your name will go along for the ride.
Submissions will be accepted until April 27, 2018. Learn more and add your name to the mission here:
Parker Solar Probe is part of NASA’s Living with a Star Program, or LWS, to explore aspects of the Sun-Earth system that directly affect life and society. LWS is managed by the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland, manages the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA. APL is designing and building the spacecraft and will also operate it.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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!
Flying Into the Sun? NASA's Parker Solar Probe Mission
NASA is planning a mission to get as close as possible as we can to the Sun and reveal its mysteries.
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If 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.
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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.”
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NASA's Mission to the Sun Gets a New Official Name
"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.
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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.
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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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