MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe for a mission to the sun on Sunday, August 12th. This seven year mission will be the closest a probe has ever traveled to the sun, which will help us discover some of the mysteries of the biggest star in our solar system.
The sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, can have temperatures up to 2 to 3 million degrees. So how does the Parker Probe withstand the extreme heat of the corona without melting?
There is a strong heat shield around the probe that protects it and keeps the instrument's temperatures around 85 degrees. There is also a cooling mechanism within it that keeps the temperature down. In addition, the probe is able to auto adjust based on the amount of heat it is receiving.
The Parker Solar Probe will be able to gather pictures, information on magnetic fields and solar wind particles.