– An American space probe has ‘touched’ the Sun, becoming the first spacecraft in history to do this. This is NASA’s Solar Parker Probe, which flew through the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, taking samples of particles and magnetic fields, as announced by the US Space Agency.
It is the first time that a spacecraft has entered the outer confines of the Sun, where the Parker Solar Probe has remained for five hours. “The fact that the probe has touched the Sun is the pinnacle of solar science and an extraordinary feat,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s directorate for science missions.
We’ve touched the Sun! ☀️
Announced today at # AGU21, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has officially become the first spacecraft to fly through the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona.
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– NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) December 14, 2021
Zurbuchen explained that this result will allow researchers to better understand the evolution of the Sun and its impacts on the solar system, as well as being able to apply all the new knowledge obtained to the stars of the rest of the Universe.