Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun - Geography for You

Public Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun

Nasa wants to fly your name to the sun aboard a groundbreaking probe it is sending into the star's atmosphere. You can be a part of NASA's maiden mission to touch the sun. You don't need to have an astrophysics degree or be an expert of the cosmos. You simply have to give your name.

NASA has invited the general public to send their names to be featured on its Parker solar probe that will be sent to sun's atmosphere this summer. The spacecraft will travel to the sun's atmosphere this July and your name can travel along. To sweeten the deal, Star Trek star William Shatner's name would be among the many names that will be carried aboard the probe on a microchip, NASA announced on Twitter

"The spacecraft will also carry my name to the sun, and your name, and the names of everyone who wants to join this voyage of extreme exploration," the Star Trek actor said in a promotional video.
Applications are open until April 27, 2018, ahead of the craft's planned launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on July 31.

To add your name to the Parker Solar Probe (PSP)'s memory card, go to Nasa's 'hot ticket' page and enter your forename, surname, and email address.
'hot ticket'
'hot ticket'
Nasa will send then send you an email to confirm your credentials. Click the link in the message and then select 'confirm my submission'.

The agency even offers you a free digital certificate with your name and the date on that you can print or download.

On its website, Nasa says: 'Submit your name and it will be included in a memory card that will fly aboard Parker Solar Probe spacecraft.
Mission's Logo

The Parker probe is scheduled to start its journey towards the sun's atmosphere on July 31, coming as close as 4 million miles from its surface. To protect itself from the intense heat of the sun, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield which will keep the insides at a comfortable room temperature. The aim of the mission is to study how the solar wind and energy affect Earth and other worlds.

"This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we've not been able to understand," said project scientist Nicola Fox of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft will fly closer to the sun than any spacecraft before it to collect vital information about the life of stars and their weather events (Source)

Although as small as a car, the probe is so fast, it can travel from Washington DC to Tokyo in under a minute, a NASA statement said.

Data collected by the PSP will help scientists improve how we predict dangerous solar flares (artist's impression), which can disrupt satellites and power supplies here on Earth
"Parker Solar Probe is, quite literally, the fastest, hottest - and, to me, coolest - mission under the sun," Ms. Fox said



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