NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the first human object that flew into the Sun Corona, completed its first solar flight on November 11th by collecting a wealth of information about the performance of our beautiful home star, unprecedented. And now, weeks later, these data are coming home.
It may be a little wait for the scientists to analyze it and begin to come up with some documents, while we had a holiday for us: Parker returned the first photo from his new home circling around the Sun.
The image taken by the WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) shows a coronal converter, also known as a flow-through – a loop of electrically charged corona gases, and a plasma connection of two regions with opposite polarities in the Sun, with the sun's wind.
Usually, the images we get from these strips are more similar to that, so Parker already has only 27.2 million kilometers (16.9 million kilometers), it already provides a much more detailed perspective of the flow structure with at least two visible rays.
This bright dot that you see is actually Merkur, maha from the background. Hi, Mercury! And black spots are an artifact from the background correction.
NASA did not tell us the temperatures at which Parker had triggered this shot, but the probe was equipped with a state-of-the-art heat shield that would protect it up to temperatures of 1,644 Kelvin (1,370 degrees Celsius or 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit), expecting to reach .
The next flight is scheduled for the start of April 4 next year, but scientists have enough time to complicate their teeth for the time being.
"We do not know what to expect so close to the sun until we get the data, and we're likely to see some new phenomena," said the Parker Nour Raouafi project scientist.
"Parker is a research mission – the potential for new discoveries is huge."