NASA wants you to send your name to the Sun

NASA wants you to send your name to the Sun

NASA will soon launch its Parker Solar Probe towards Sun but that's not all.

You may be able to fly your name to the sun on a groundbreaking probe Nasa is sending into the star's atmosphere.

"This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in a post. The probe will help scientists uncover mysterious regarding sun that has been accumulated in last six decades and more.

Originally called Solar Probe Plus, the robotic spacecraft was renamed in May 2017 in honor of pioneering astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who predicted the solar wind's existence in 1958.

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NASA, the United States space agency, is inviting individuals from across the world to send entries with their names to be included in the Parker Solar Probe which will plunge into the Sun's atmosphere.

"The mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can spread out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds", NASA wrote on its website.

The spacecraft features a 4.5-inch thick carbon composite shield that will protect the probe and its various instruments from the extreme temperature near the Sun. During its closest approach, the unmanned satellite is expected to reach speeds of up to 30,000 miles per hour (690,000 km/h), shattering the current speed record held by the Juno probe, which accelerated to about 165,000 miles per hour (265,000 km/h), as it approached Jupiter in the summer of 2016. "That's fast enough to get from Washington, DC, to Tokyo in under a minute".

"Parker Solar Probe is, quite literally, the fastest, hottest - and, to me, coolest - mission under the Sun", said project scientist Nicola Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, US.

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