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Approaching the Sun

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Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Artist’s concept of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. At closest approach, Parker Solar Probe will be hurtling around the sun at approximately 430,000 miles per hour! That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in one second. Closest approach will be 3.83 million miles.

Approaching the Sun

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Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

Artist’s concept of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.

Approaching the Sun

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Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

Artist’s concept of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send Parker Solar Probe to touch the sun.

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Thermal Protection System move

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Thermal Protection System being installed in shipping container

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Thermal Protection System being placed large thermal vacuum chamber at GSFC

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Thermal Protection System being installed in the large vacuum chamber at GSFC

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Thermal Protection System installed in the large vacuum chamber at GSFC

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