Driven by an evolution beyond Venus On November 21, NASA’s Parker Probe surpassed its own speed recordBecause in one of its approaches towards the sun I managed to reach it Incredible speed of 587,000 km/h It cemented its position as the fastest human-made thing by breaking the previous record of 532,000 kilometers per hour.
This feat was accomplished by the probe on its tenth journey closer to the Sun, as it also came within six million kilometers of the star. With this new record, this being was able to travel at an extraordinary speed 163 kilometers per secondTo give an example, at current speed, this probe can travel from Buenos Aires to Mexico City in 45 seconds.
To make these ways to the sun, The probe features a heat shield that allows it to withstand temperatures up to 1371°C or 2500 Fahrenheit. In addition to the above, due to its orbit, Parker is pushed with each return to the Sun, so this incredible speed will not be the maximum, on the contrary, this object is expected to increase its speed much more, because it is planned that In December 2024 it reaches 692,000 km / h.
The Parker Solar Probe It performs this kind of trajectory in which it moves away to cool off and is pushed again to set the trajectory again, this time faster and closer to the Sun’s orbit.
The goal of this mission is to collect information from our star with increasing accuracy, and send the data back to Earth through a system called “Delay/Disrupt Tolerant Networking.”
How is solar probe data sent to our planet
Due to the great distances from Earth to any device in space, transmitting data is a complex task, delays and the possibility of data being lost or lost can become significant, which is why network connection delay/disruption (DTN) is NASA’s solution for creating reliable networks.
To communicate over these long distances, NASA operates two communications networks consisting of distributed ground stations, as well as relay satellites that support both NASA and non-NASA missions.