The probe will follow an elliptical orbit that will take it inside the corona, so it will finally get the closest it has ever been in 2025 - at only 6.12 million km (3.8 million miles).
Parker Solar Probe was launched on August 12 this year on an unprecedented, seven-year long journey to unlock the mysteries of the sun's fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather. His speed was 153,454 miles per hour.
Although the probe has broken the fastest of all speed records, going fast is just a side-effect of the mission's main goal, which is to get its array of scientific instruments as close to the Sun as possible.More news: Google's new reCAPTCHA learns from you
Until 2024 Parker should approach the Sun at a distance of 6.1 million kilometers and transmit the collected information to Earth. It will pass within 15 million miles (24 million km) of the surface of the sun.
Parker Solar Probe - jointly operated by NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - went past the record at 2:54 a.m. GMT on Tuesday 30 October (10:54 p.m. Monday 29 October EDT). The relatively small, 685kg spacecraft needed to achieve a high speed in order to establish an orbit around the Sun-rather than getting drawn into the star's massive gravity well never to escape.
And NASA's Parker Solar Probe, travelling at more than 240,000km/h, isn't yet done with setting new records.
The first of these two dozen close encounters is just around the corner: It officially begins Wednesday (Oct. 31), with perihelion (closest solar approach) coming on the night of November 5. The spacecraft uses a special carbon-composite shield for protection from intense heat and radiation during close flybys.More news: World’s first flexible smartphone, FlexPai launched in China
"It's a proud moment for the team, though we remain focussed on our first solar encounter".
The primary goal of the Parker Solar Probe is to study the solar wind.
The probe will begin it's first encounter with the Sun on Wednesday, culminating with its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun, at about 10:28 p.m. EST on Monday.More news: 'Red Dead Redemption 2' posts highest-grossing opening weekend ever