Parker So­lar Probe

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21 The Parker So­lar Probe is get­ting closer to the Sun than ever be­fore, with an am­bi­tious plan to ‘touch’ the outer corona. The probe is de­signed to be highly au­to­mated as ra­dio con­tact will take eight min­utes, and the space­craft will need to re­act more quickly to sud­den changes in the Sun’s out­put.

Its goals are to track the flows of en­ergy within the Sun that heat its corona and power the so­lar wind. It hopes to de­ter­mine the struc­ture of the Sun’s mag­netic field, and de­ter­mine how en­er­getic par­ti­cles are ac­cel­er­ated. Its or­bits around the Sun will cross those of Mer­cury and Venus, and the probe will make seven fly­bys of Venus as it shrinks its or­bit to get closer to the Sun.

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