The probe will make multiple passes through the corona, utilizing seven gravity assists from Venus to bring its orbits closer and closer to the sun.
Part 3: Parker’s record-breaking ride
Part 2: Testing: Simulating the sun on Earth
A key component of Justin Kasper’s sensory equipment, Parker’s Faraday cup, had to be shown capable of withstanding the heat and light of the journey to the sun. To test it, researchers had to create something new – a homemade sun simulator.
Part 1: Why we need an early-warning system for solar ejections
When strong magnetic fields crop up along the surface of the Sun cause the atmosphere above to twist, the buildup of magnetic energy leads to a sudden release, called a solar flare. When that energy reaches Earth, it has the capacity to wreak havoc.
Key Parker Solar Probe sensor bests sun simulator—last launch hurdle
With old IMAX projector bulbs, Michigan Engineers simulate the sun.