The first spacecraft, which will fly directly towards the Sun, ready to start on Saturday for a mission to study the atmosphere of stars. About this сообщаетAFP, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the UNN.
The Parker probe Solar Probe the size of a car and cost $ 1.5 billion scheduled to launch on the Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral in the U.S. state of Florida during the 65-minute window for launch, which opens at 3:33 am local time.
During the approach closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history, the main objective of an unmanned probe to investigate the crown – an unusual atmosphere around the Sun.
“We’re going to get into this district, from which captures the spirit, where the solar wind is, we believe, will accelerate,” – said the Director of the Department for the study of the planets NASA Jim green.
The crown is not only 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun, but it also emits powerful plasma energy and particles that can cause geomagnetic space storms, which can cause serious damage on Earth, disrupting power grids. These solar flares is poorly understood.
“The Parker probe Solar Probe will help us to better predict when disturbances in the solar wind can hit Earth,” said project scientist, University of Michigan Professor Justin Kasper.
Great knowledge about the solar wind and space storms will also help protect future space explorers when they go to the moon or Mars.