You Can Now Send Your Signature to the Sun

William Shatner Wants You to Send Your Name to the Sun on NASA's Historic Solar Probe

William Shatner Wants You to Send Your Name to the Sun on NASA's Historic Solar Probe

The solar probe will plunge itself into the Sun's atmosphere and will orbit through the Sun's Corona where the temperatures are estimated to be more than one million degrees.

Submissions will be accepted through April 27, 2018.

The Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever spacecraft that Earth will send to the sun, and space enthusiasts have the chance to participate in the mission - or at least their names.

It's done. Your name will be included in a memory card that will fly aboard Parker Solar Probe spacecraft.

"Parker Solar Probe is going to help us learn about how the Sun works, how it affects life and technology here on Earth", Shatner said. The rocket speed is so quick, at its nearest approach it will go at roughly 430,000 miles per hour.

To perform its investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the sun's heat by a 4.5-inch-thick (11.4 cm) carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach almost 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371 degrees C).

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Even the most dedicated sky watching hobbyists have to accept the fact that observing the wonderful accomplishments of NASA and other space-faring organizations is as close as they'll get to participating in the exploration of the cosmos. The mission will upset our comprehension of the Sun, where changing conditions can spread out into the close planetary system, influencing Earth and different universes. NASA points out that, that's fast enough to travel between Washington D.C. and Tokyo in less than a minute.

"Parker Solar Probe is, quite literally, the fastest, hottest - and, to me, coolest - mission under the sun", said project scientist Nicola Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, U.S.

"It's very exciting that we'll finally get a look".

In the 1950s, Parker proposed a number of concepts about how stars - including our Sun - give off energy. He called this course of vitality the sun oriented breeze, and he portrayed a whole complex arrangement of plasmas, attractive fields and lively particles that make up this marvel. Many NASA missions have continued to focus on this complex space environment defined by our star.

Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun.

To allow the Parker Solar Probe to "touch the sun", the spacecraft will feature advanced technology to withstand temperatures as hot as 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, as it nears the outermost section of the sun's atmosphere. APL is designing and building the spacecraft and will also operate it.

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