NASA SPACE­CRAFT SETS RECORD FOR CLOS­EST AP­PROACH TO SUN

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NASA’s Parker So­lar Probe is now closer to the sun than any space­craft has ever got­ten.

Parker sur­passed the record of 26.6 mil­lion miles (43 mil­lion kilo­me­ters) set by He­lios-2 back in 1976. And it will keep get­ting closer to the sun un­til it flies through the corona, or outer at­mos­phere, for the first time next week, pass­ing within 15 mil­lion miles (24 mil­lion kilo­me­ters) of the so­lar sur­face.

Parker will make 24 close ap­proaches to the sun over the next seven years, ul­ti­mately com­ing within just 3.8 mil­lion miles (6 mil­lion kilo­me­ters).

Launched in Au­gust, Parker is on track to set an­other record late Mon­day night. It will sur­pass He­lios-2’s speed record of 153,454 miles per hour (247,000 kilo­me­ters per hour), rel­a­tive to the sun.

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