Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nasa's New Mission the Sun's Mysteries Are the Target of Parker Probe

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nasa's New Mission the Sun's Mysteries Are the Target of Parker Probe

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A rocket that took off in the dark from Cape Canaveral, Fla., is on its way to bring new light to our understanding of the sun.

How it avoids melting when it gets within 4 million miles of the sun - as opposed to the 93 million miles we are from the sun here on Earth - is a mystery to most of us.

The physicists who designed the Parker Solar Probe have crafted a shield that is super-light while also being super-effective at protecting instruments from the searing heat flowing from the sun at 4 million miles away.

NASA and its partners have developed a carbon composite shield that can withstand those 2,500 degrees on one side while instruments operate in 85 degrees on the other.

Earthlings have come to expect the unbelievable from our space program. Technological probes sent to Mars and Jupiter have vastly overperformed. …

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