"The first-ever spaceship to the sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch this year on a course to orbit through the heat of our star's corona where temperatures are greater than one million degrees". William Shatner is an active partner promoting the event by NASA asking people to sign up for "Hot ticket to the sun" where names of entrants will be fed on a memory chip and then, affixed on the probe that will be launched towards the Sun to collect helpful data.
The spacecraft speed is so fast, at its closest approach it will be going at approximately 430,000 miles per hour.More news: Ravens cut Webb, sign OL Hurst to $17.5 million deal
The spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the sun's heat by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft. It will orbit the star at a distance of just under 4 million miles, and it will have to endure temperatures of nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
"Parker Solar Probe is, quite literally, the fastest, hottest - and, to me, coolest - mission under the Sun", said project scientist Nicola Fox, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that a sudden massive solar event could cause up to two trillion dollars of damage in the U.S. alone, and render the country's east coast without power for an entire year!More news: Aston Villa boss Bruce: Terry our biggest name - we need him now
Simply enter your name and email on NASA's sign-up page and submit your request.
The Parker Solar Probe will be subjected to the most intense journey of any manmade spacecraft to date. It will also help to understand how the sun affects space and other factors under heliophysics field. The current mission timeline for the probe stretches to 2025, but could be given additional extended missions depending on how things pan out. As soon as you confirm the details are accurate by clicking on an e-mail link from NASA, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation in this historic mission!More news: A&T women draw defending national champ