NASA's audacious mission to kiss the Sun is now in its 15th month, with the Parker solar probe steadily approaching the host star with each passing orbit. The data collected by the probe during its first two star flywheels is now available online, with NASA making it "" available to interested public users to manipulate, analyze and plan in their chosen way. "
in space on August 12, 2018, the Parker solar probe has completed three solar orbits. Data collected during the first two orbits are currently publicly available, according to by NASA. Trove ̵
That's great, because the Parker solar probe goes where no spacecraft has ever gone before, and it gathers unprecedented kinds of information . The probe has already set a record for the closest approach to the sun from a human-made object, and it is also the fastest spacecraft sent to space. Of scientific importance, the probe makes measurements inside and around the crown, the immediate stellar environment around the sun. This data, whether crushed by elite researchers or civilian scientists, could tell us more about the Sun and how it works, and improve our ability to predict rough space weather, such as damage solar storms .
"The release of these data to the public will not only contribute to the success of the mission with the scientific community, but also increase the opportunity for new discoveries to the next level," says Nour Rauafi, a research scientist at Parker, in a NASA announcement.
Specialized on-board parkers measure performance The uploaded data can be accessed through several websites: NASA Space Physics Data Facility Solar Data Center Solar Probe Gateway APL Parker Solar Probe ].
Data include measurements taken from the probe from October 31, 2018 to November 12, 2018, and from March 30, 2019 to April 19, 2019. These data include measurements taken during perihelion and aphelion when the probe was at its closest and farthest points from the Sun in its orbital path. During its first and second perihelion, the spacecraft approaches near 24.8 million kilometers (15.41 million miles) from the Sun . Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, is approaching 46 million kilometers to the Sun in its periphery.
So the three solar orbits down, 21 to go. The fourth perihelion is expected on January 29, 2020, at which point the probe will emerge within 19.4 million kilometers (12.05 miles) from the Sun, while reaching speeds above 109 kilometers per second ( 67.6 mph).
Eventually, the Parker solar probe will emerge 6.4 million kilometers (4 miles) from the Sun, and will have to withstand tremendous amounts of heat and radiation at this point. This will happen in 2025, and as we expect from a similar mission, the probe will continue to collect data until until it burns to metallic fresh.