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After coming closer to the sun than any other manufactured things in history, the Parker Solar Probe is in excellent health, NASA reports. High fives all round!

On Wednesday, the probe’s status beacon beamed back an “A”– the very best of the 4 possible status updates– recommending Parker is running well. Even if there were any concerns, the probe repaired them autonomously, while in area, taking a trip at numerous countless miles per hour.

The probe’s perihelion, or the point in orbit where it’s closest to the sun, began Nov. 5, where it reached a leading speed of 213,200 miles per hour– quickly enough to get it from New york city to Boston in 3.7 seconds. At its present range of around 15 million miles from the sun’s “surface area”, the probe’s advanced heat guard safeguarded it from temperature levels reaching 820 degrees Fahrenheit. By the end of the objective, the guard will be exposed to temperature levels of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.


Parker, now a double world-record holder, will continue to gather information till Nov. 11, completion of its very first “solar encounter stage” which started on Oct. 31.

After the retirement of innovative area telescope Kepler, the unfortunate death of Dawn and the grim outlook for Mars explorer Chance, it’s great to get a completely favorable upgrade from our interplanetary area robotics. Parker’s objective will bring it back within 15 million miles of the sun on April 4, 2019 as it continues its seven-year objective to get ever closer to our star.

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