All instruments check out on the Parker Solar Probe

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The initial check out of the Parker Solar Probe, now on its way to the Sun, has shown all instruments are functioning properly.

“All instruments returned data that not only serves for calibration, but also captures glimpses of what we expect them to measure near the Sun to solve the mysteries of the solar atmosphere, the corona,” said Nour Raouafi, Parker Solar Probe project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland.

The mission’s first close approach to the Sun will be in November 2018, but even now, the instruments are able to gather measurements of what’s happening in the solar wind closer to Earth.

The spacecraft will make its first fly-by of Venus in October.


One comment

  • Phill O

    Nice to hear of solar dynamics coming to the forefront! There is so much we do not know and we do not know what we do not know.

    What is the expected lifetime of this probe? Will it capture or set a baseline for changes during the expected extended minimum?

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