The new NASA solar probe will be protected by a head shield that reminds us of Captain America

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The next space mission will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA will send a space probe straight to our sun’s sizzling hot crown. In order to avoid the utter melting and destruction of the spacecraft, NASA made it as heat-resistant as possible so that it will be able of completing its star exploration mission.

Would Captain America be jealous?

The space probe, called Parker will carry a lightweight shield to protect it against the incredible heat produced by the sun. Although this shield is incredibly slim, just 11 centimeters thick it will be able to endure 2500ºF or 1370ºC and extreme levels of radiation as well, thanks to its high-tech carbon material.

The eight-foot shield will face the close encounters with the sun, protecting the sensitive instruments and keeping them cool enough at a temperature of 80ºF (27ºC). Captain America would be jealous, of course.

What mission will it carry?

The Parker spacecraft will perform seven Venus flybys. Each of these encounters with our solar system’s hottest planet will catapult it closer to the sun. The first in this series will happen in October and it will send the solar probe into the sun’s corona in November. All in all, 24 orbits will between Venus and the sun happen.

The final three will happen in 2024 and 2025 and that’s when Parker will be closest to the sun. At 3.8 million miles away from the sun, Parker will be extremely close especially if we remember that the Earth is located at 93 million miles away from our solar system’s powerhouse.

Parker will be sent to gather information about our dwarf star which is pretty mysterious. There are tons of questions that physicists hope to answer through the data provided by Parker.


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