The Parker Specialized Solar Probe is on the verge of new triumphs in its space odyssey. Embedded in NASA’s solar mission, the spacecraft performed an impressive gravitational maneuver to prepare for a series of close approaches to our galaxy’s brightest star.
On the evening of August 21 this year, the Parker probe captured our attention again, having successfully completed a flyby of Venus. Using the gravity of this planet, he skillfully adjusted his trajectory, evading the dense atmospheric shell of the planet. It flew 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) above the surface of Venus at a speed of 14 miles per second (24 kilometers per second), the probe demonstrated its reliability by constantly maintaining contact with the Earth.
Since 2018, the Parker probe has been actively exploring solar secrets, and a new phase of its mission promises to break records for speed and proximity to the Sun. In September 2023, a cycle of five solar flybys will begin. The probe will approach the Sun at an astonishing distance of 4.5 million miles (7.3 million kilometers), and the speed of its movement will reach an impressive 393,000 miles per hour (632,000 kilometers per hour).
In June of this year, the probe already showed its outstanding ability, flying 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers) from the Sun at a speed of 363,00 miles per hour (584,000 kilometers per hour).