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NASA probe after the first encounter with the sun "alive and healthy"



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Parker's solar probe is closer to the sun than any other man-made object in history, so it's in good health, NASA reports. High Fives All around!

On Wednesday, the probe status light emitted an "A" ̵

1; the best of the four possible status updates – suggesting that Parker is working well. Even if there were any problems, the probe solves them autonomously while it was in space at hundreds of thousands of miles per hour came on 5 November and reached a top speed of 213,200 miles per hour – fast enough to take them in 3.7 seconds from New York to Boston. At its current distance of about 15 million miles from the "surface" of the Sun, the probe's state-of-the-art heat shield protected it from temperatures that reached 820 degrees Fahrenheit. At the end of the mission, the shield will be exposed to temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Parker, now dual world record holder will gather data by November 2008 11, the end of his first "solar encounter phase", which began on October 31st.

Following the departure of the Revolutionary Space Telescope Kepler the sad death of Dawn and the bleak prospects for the Mars explorer Opportunity . It's nice to get a completely positive update from our interplanetary space robots. Parker's mission will bring it back within 15 million miles of the sun on April 4, 2019 as it continues its seven-year mission to get closer and closer to our star.

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