American probe touched the sun to collect particle and magnetic field samples

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Yesterday, December 14, for the first time in human history, a spacecraft was able to touch the Sun – information that a solar probe called Parker was able to fly through the upper atmosphere of the sun (the so-called corona) appeared on the official website of the NASA space agency. Experts said that the space probe was able to collect samples of particles and magnetic fields that scientists on Earth will use to study the characteristics of the Sun, and NASA has already said that this probe’s achievement marked a huge leap forward in solar science.

Scientists draw a parallel with the landing on the moon, which made it possible to collect samples of an earth satellite in order to better understand the nature of a space object and understand how it was formed. Likewise, “touching” the sun’s crown and collecting the necessary samples will allow scientists to obtain the necessary information about the closest star to mankind, as well as about the influence of the sun on the solar system. For example, the Parker solar probe was able to study in more detail from the inside the features of the solar wind – this is the flow of particles from the Sun, which also affects the Earth. Previously, it was not possible to obtain the necessary information, since other spacecraft were too far from the star.

However, NASA does not plan to stop at what has been achieved – experts promise many new flights, during which various phenomena will be studied, about which it is impossible to obtain the necessary information at a distance.

“The Parker probe, passing close to the Sun, is studying the parameters and characteristics of the magnetic layer of the solar atmosphere, which we previously could not do,” – said Noor Rauafi, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics.

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