Parker Solar Probe–Mission Overview

Parker Solar Probe–Mission Overview

The Sun. It’s the solar system’s engine, and the only star in the sky that gets our attention… every day. But up close, it’s unlike anything we can see from Earth. It’s ferocious— a writhing mass of nuclear chaos, tangled magnetic lines, and a constant wind with inconceivably high temperatures and speeds close to a million miles an hour. Over the years NASA has sent probes all over the solar system… …but never to the Sun. Check this out. This is the Parker Solar Probe… …and it’s going to be humanity’s first mission assigned to touch the Sun. It will fly to within 4 million miles of the Sun’s surface confronting brutal radiation and temperatures that can reach 1,000,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Parker Solar Probe has been prepped to fly right through that unforgiving atmosphere. It’s a rough journey. Typically, if you want to head out into the solar system, you merge with orbital traffic. But if you want to head toward the center of the solar system, you’ve got to run the other way… and it takes a lot of energy. once it arrives, the spacecraft has got to take the heat. Bathed in radiation as it swoops in close, Parker Solar Probe will use an advanced carbon/carbon composite heat shield to protect its delicate instruments. And here’s a technical triumph: the spacecraft’s thermal regulation system will use just a single gallon of ordinary water H 2 O to collect and then dissipate heat…just like a car radiator. It will fly into the corona, the super hot region of gas and plasma surrounding the Sun. There’s hardly a there there, as high energy particles fly outward like streamers. But – and this is another weird thing about the sun- -the corona is hotter than the surface of the star itself. We have a few good theories about this– but we’re really not sure why. There’s some process in the atmosphere that keeps heating it up even as it gets further away from the core. Parker Solar Probe is going to try and figure it out. The corona also propels the solar wind out into space at incredible speeds way beyond the orbit of Pluto. No one knows for sure what accelerates it so far so fast. Parker Solar Probe is going to fly right through the origin of this wind, right where it starts, to figure out how the whole system works We can’t see those processes from Earth, or even from space. Parker Solar Probe is our first direct encounter with a star. Our Sun is the only star we can visit…. …which means this mission will gather important information about how stars work…everywhere. That’s information we can only get by going straight to the source. Some journeys are harder than others. Some destinations are further, higher, hotter. But the only way to explore a new destination is to actually make the journey. Parker Solar Probe: See you on The Sun. [music continues]

100 thoughts on “Parker Solar Probe–Mission Overview

  1. Seriously? After spending 1.5 billion dollars on developing this amazing probe that I've been following, on and off, for about 15 years now, you could've invested more than $10 into the making of this lame informational video. This looks like something an unemployed blogger would make.

  2. Now-a I see you come down on the scene
    Oh foxy
    You make me want to get up and a-scream
    Foxy, oh baby listen now
    I've made up my mind
    Yeah, I'm tired of wasting all my precious time
    You got to be all mine, all mine
    Foxy lady

  3. I know the sun is so hot and big ,therefore Everything that comes near to the sun ,it melts .hence it is difficultly to go there

  4. This is to NASA how will u communicate suns gravity is so strong and solar wind s shall disturb the communication ???

  5. Hydrogen & Helium 😁👍🌞
    & just the surface is
    At about 10,000 degrees pretty hot &
    More even in the center
    We can't live without our sun ☀️

  6. This was painful to watch. Please just give us the science. The cheesy 'down with the cool people' delivery detracts from the great work that is being done here.

  7. I always wondered why we call successful actors, musicians and athletes a star. Especially when I think of the countless amounts of stars in the universe, I'd take it as insult to be called a star, a panda bear would be more appropriate (=)

  8. When it will be the first land on the Sun??? I know it is dangerous so let's do it during the night, when is no danger at all.

  9. Maybe like condensation has more atoms together the farther away they get increases there speed? I'm guessing here.

  10. 60s, 70s, 80s: people all around the globe being proud about going to the Moon, exploring outer planets, etc.
    2018: spoiled kids having hissy fits over the "bad production values of the clip explaining a space mission"

  11. I'm happy my name was included in a memory card mounted to the solar probe. I'm literally going to the sun.

  12. Atleast from this mission we know what processes accelerate charged particles in the corona to create the solar wind that to with 1 crore 5 lakh degree Celsius …..

  13. I don't know about all the science packages on the probe, but it would have been an opportunity to verify a real observed occurrence: radioactive decay appears to go faster when earth is at perihelion. By measuring a sample while on the probe's path to the sun, could have provided additional data points.

  14. They can put so little water because steam is 1600x less dense than water. So 1L of water would make 1600m^3 of gas to reposition the spacecraft.

  15. And btw the sun's outermost atmosphere is hotter than its core becuse the core is the massive gas supply. Think about the way a flame thrower works, stored compressed gas is released into an ignition, thus creating heat.

    So the sun's heat is produced by the 2 gasses Hydrogen and Helium. The sun releases helium and then mixes with the other gasses hydrogen being the most dominant. Then creates a flame.

    So my theory is, the sun's core is a shell that contains an abundant source of helium which escapes through the sun's surface and mixes with the hydrogen gas.

  16. 1:58 – NASA, do you not understand the difference between the concept of heat versus the concept of temperature?
    "The corona is hotter than the surface of the star itself."

    If you try to land the probe on the surface, then the difference will become clear.

  17. Can we get the guys that did the curiosity 7 minutes of terror video for future videos, please…

  18. Es en serio? Un galón de agua para disipar el calor de más de 1 millón de grados Farenheit?
    Se supone que con ese calor infernal la cosa esta no se va a derretir?
    Quiero ver el video de las pruebas que han hecho para certificar que esta misión se puede realizar con éxito.

  19. Thanks for the video. I just wish that NASA had the budget to create metric versions of their videos, so that the rest of the world could understand them.

  20. Add more technical details and data please. Elevate your viewers understanding, don't cater to it. We are here to learn.

  21. Definitely this mision are only a joke nobady can touch the sun ,when the sonde arival in the sun aproahes these sonde were burn only gots can walks of the sun sourface ,we are not gods !

  22. Only have one request…this time, lets have some real video footage…not computer simulations so we know you really went up there!

  23. This isn’t happening. The Dsac is ready. We’ve launched
    something half a million mph at 97% of the mass of the solar system and the atomic clock that was ready this year is not on the list of instruments. I don’t know what’s going on up there, but they’re Either not launching something at the sun or it’s not doing what they’re saying. That’s why we’re getting the reading rainbow episode

  24. I think that this experiment is so simple but it is useful for the future life. Although the experiment itself isn't interesting at all.

  25. What NASA will find is that Saturn actually feeds the sun without Saturn we would not have a sun earth will someday be a sun

  26. [music continues] … please stop. This is kind a like a kids video. <3 NASA <3 probes, not so keen on this vid.

  27. Ever heard of Benjamin Franklin? Kite in a thunder storm? Now think Thomas Edison. Two Thousand ways not to make a light bulb work. One way will do.

    Parker probe the kite. Radio wave the wire or string. The multiple signals from countless satellites the key, equals one scorched earth.
    But life is sound; not electricity… exclusive then.
    All it could take is one hacker who's trying to make a name for himself by getting information directly but bounces signal all over the place.

  28. Could you please enable translations on subtitles?

    I'd like to translate this video to portuguese, so i can share this with my friends…

  29. What’s with the slow mo shots of he just staring off into space smiling? Why did I need slow mo shots of her feet? Why is this video so terrible?

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