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Current Mission: Orbit 8

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psp202108_0010.svg Parker Solar Probe Mission Trajectory and Current Position Parker Solar Probe Distance from Sun Future Orbit Past Orbit 250 200 150 100 50 0 Distance from Sun's Surface (RS) 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Days from Launch Mercury Venus Earth Solar Probe Parker Heliocentric Velocity (km/s): 56.18 Distance from Sun Center (AU): 0.339 Distance from Sun's Surface (RS): 72.0 Distance from Earth (AU): 0.879 Round-Trip Light Time (hh:mm:ss): 00:14:37 1 Aug 2021 09:00:00 UTC

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Solar Encounter Start: August 4, 2021, 10:33 UTC

Next countdown: Aug 4, 2021 10:33:13

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What is Parker Solar Probe?

A scientific mission to unlock the mysteries of the Sun's corona and solar wind

A spacecraft that uses breakthrough technology and autonomy to endure heat and radiation like no other mission

A unique solar observatory that will orbit within 4 million miles of our star's surface to directly study the formation of the solar wind

The first mission named for a living scientist: Dr. Eugene Parker, who theorized the existence of the solar wind

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