Publicado: Vie, Marcha 09, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Want your name on the sun? NASA calls for applications

Want your name on the sun? NASA calls for applications

NASA is trying to change that ever so slightly with its Parker Solar Probe which is slated to launch this summer. You can send your name along for the ride.

NASA has invited online applications from across the world in which people can submit their names to be placed on a microchip aboard its historic solar probe launching this summer.

The invitation is open until April 27. He theorized an explanation of how the Sun's corona is hotter than the surface of the star itself, which is a theory NASA says it has continued to focus and study in what is known as heliophysics.

The Sun's atmosphere is about 300 times hotter than that, so Nasa have been busy making a special shield to protect the spacecraft from the intense heat and energy. Image via Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

The probe, which is about the size of a small vehicle, will make multiple loops around the Sun during its mission, inching ever closer while gathering data about the star's magnetic field and atmosphere.

Scientists are hopeful that the maiden mission to Sun can reveal how heat and energy move through Sun's and how the solar winds come out of Sun. The rocket speed is so quick, at its nearest approach it will go at roughly 430,000 miles per hour.

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That's fast enough to get from Washington, DC, to Tokyo in under a minute, NASA said.

The Parker Solar Probe will have a 20-day launch window starting with July 31, 2018.

This was the first time NASA named a spacecraft for a living individual. Participants names will be gathered into a database, and NASA will use a precise electron beam to etch out the microscopic names of each participant in lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of human hair.

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. Engineers in the clean room at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, where the probe was designed and built, point out the instruments that will collect data as the mission travels directly through the sun's atmosphere. It will also delve into what accelerates the solar wind and solar energetic particles. NASA's Parker Solar probe is getting ready for its mission to Sun and NASA is giving people a chance to send their names to Sun through the spacecraft. The probe will explore the Sun's atmosphere in a way that's never been done before, and it will truly be an incredible achievement if they can pull it off. This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades.

Even the most dedicated sky watching hobbyists have to accept the fact that observing the wonderful accomplishments of NASA and other space-faring organizations is as close as they'll get to participating in the exploration of the cosmos.

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